The Pennsylvania Council on Aging announced Friday that it will host an online Social Isolation Symposium next week, on Tuesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 24.
The symposium, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, will present information and resources to individuals who work with older adults, including caregivers, health care staff, stakeholders and the public.
Titled “Directions for Connections,” it will feature nationally known speakers focusing on the impact of social isolation, and how to get older adults engaged to ensure their continued health and wellbeing. Attendees will have a chance to participate in more than a dozen workshop sessions or select those of particular interest.
“Social isolation is strongly correlated to poor health, increased mortality rates and dementia," said the council's executive director, Faith Haeussler.
"With the forced isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCoA has been dedicated to looking at how we can intercept older adults and offer programming that embraces the daily realities of the pandemic but also provides a roadmap for where we go on this issue after the pandemic."