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Combating Social Isolation Among Older Adults in a Time of Physical Distancing: The COVID-19 Social Connectivity Paradox

Smith, M. L., Steinman, L. E., Casey, E. A.

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Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Policy Change/ Development
Social and Community Context
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article discusses the negative health impacts of isolation in older populations, while realizing the dangers of COVID-19 exposure with in-person interactions. Isolation and social support indexes, such as the Duke Social Support Index, are outlined as possible tools to create awareness of individuals’ risks. Additionally, some possible interventions to help address isolation, such as interventions like PEARLS, which is designed to increase social support and decrease isolation and loneliness.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Adults Aged 65 and Older

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