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Date: November 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon Central Time
Topic: Social Isolation: Why It Matters and Innovative Program Models
Co-sponsors: Illinois Coalition Mental Health & Aging, CJE Senior Life, the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, and Rush University Medical Center
- Recognize the impact of social isolation on older adults.
- Identify strengths-based interventions to mitigate the impact of social isolation among older adults.
- Describe a variety of program models aiming to address social isolation among older adults
- Sharon Dornberg-Lee, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor of CJE SeniorLife, Counseling Services
- Susan Real, MS, Executive Director at East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, representing I4A
- Julie Schubach, LSW, Senior Resource Center Director, Family Service of Champaign County
- Colette Jordan, Caregiver & Dementia Specialist & Alaine Kvedaras Health Promotion Specialist, Age Guide Northeastern Illinois
- Michelle Newman, MPH, Rush University Medical Center
Group of individuals with mild cognitive impairment and their loved ones.
The 21st century is bringing about vast changes in the demographics of the United States. Notably, the population is aging at a rapid rate, and incidence of chronic illness and dementia is increasing, the disability population is aging, the nature of medical choices is changing due to evolving medical technology, and health care delivery systems are becoming increasingly complex. These trends bring health care clinicians up starkly against a growing challenge: The rising tide of patients with diminished decisional capacity.
Social group for people with early stage to moderate memory loss and their care partners.