Bringing Awareness to Social Isolation in the Senior Population

Bringing Awareness to Social Isolation in the Senior Population

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Montana Aquino started this petition to Letitia James

 The Covid-19 Pandemic has proven itself to be one of the most significant obstacles of the twenty-first century. Being that the most recent pandemic before the present one took place was in 1918 made navigating this pandemic very difficult for professionals considering swift adaptations to social distancing and self isolation changed how people all over the world functioned. As a result sheltering in place as well as social distancing were implemented in order to limit the spread of the deadly novel virus. As with many other viruses, and diseases it is easier to combat infection when one’s body is strong and not battling many other complex illnesses.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the geriatric population has severely been impacted. The lack of knowledge in regards to pandemic protocol including medical as well as mental health care has resulted in catastrophic death rates in skilled nursing facilities as well as senior living communities. 

The lack of social interaction and elevated levels of social isolation and loneliness within the older aged population in their community living space, is a major public health crisis. “Social isolation and loneliness is worse for health than obesity and as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day” says, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of AARP Foundation. Due to many older aged individuals living in community living spaces, nursing homes, or assisted living, those individuals may have limited resources or lack of technology access in order to connect with AARP’s resources and tools in order to assess and overcome social isolation. There has to be ways that these individuals who are suffering from social isolation, can have access to resources whether that be through socially-distanced interactions, workshops on how to use available technology, or mental health professionals being present in these settings and living spaces, to ensure the mental health and stability of the residents.

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