The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlines that loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks affecting a significant number of people. There are 600 million people aged 60 years and over worldwide and this number is anticipated to double by 2025. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) points out that one fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated. While social isolation significantly increases health risks, Dr. Rabheru’s work on “Loneliness and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic” highlights tips for preventing the detrimental effect of loneliness and social isolation for older adults.
As the world reflects on the impact that COVID-19 has had on older people in the context of the Decade of Healthy Ageing, sharing tips to prevent social isolation ties in with fostering the abilities of older persons by emphasizing the importance of prioritizing well-being. During a global pandemic where the needs of older persons have heightened attention, and people are more isolated than ever, it is vital to mitigate the negative effects of isolation as best as possible.
This town hall takes place at 07:00 am (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday 12 February 2021 (additional time zones below):
Geneva, Switzerland: 13:00
Lagos, Nigeria: 13:00
New Delhi, India: 17:30
Perth, Australia: 20:00
This town hall will be recorded and streamed live on Facebook. Should you be unable to participate, a recording will be available on the IFA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/intfedageing/ and resources will be available at: https://ifa.ngo/ifa-virtual-town-hall-resources/