How older adults can find support for loneliness, depression & anxiety
On this edition of Your Call, we'll continue our mental health series by discussing the issues facing older adults.
During the pandemic, older people were isolated to protect them from possible infection, but studies show the effects of isolation and loneliness among older adults may have more dire consequences than people of other ages. The pandemic has also resulted in depression, physical health problems, and cognitive decline among the older population. What resources are available?
Dr. Ashwin Kotwal, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco
The toll-free Friendship Line California is at 1-888-670-1360
USA Today: 'I miss everything. I miss everybody': Depression rates for seniors are soaring amid COVID-19
The Washington Post: Loneliness can increase risk of heart disease by 27 percent for older women
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society: The epidemiology of social isolation and loneliness among older adults during the last years of life
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society: A peer intervention reduces loneliness and improves social well-being in low-income older adults: A mixed-methods study