The Impact of Social Distancing on Older Adults

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People over the age of 65 are at higher risk for complications and death from COVID-19. But that’s not the only way this pandemic is disproportionately impacting older adults. Social distancing and other pandemic control strategies can take a particular toll on older individuals, some of whom don’t have access to or experience with the technologies like FaceTime and Zoom that are helping many people feel connected in this time. 

Lindsay Kobayashi, assistant professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, talks about her new study that looks at the impact of social distancing on older adults and discusses how we can help the older individuals in our families and communities cope during this time.

 

Listen to "The Impact of Social Distancing on Older Adults 4.30.20" on Spreaker.

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In This Episode

Lindsay KobayashiLindsay Kobayashi

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Lindsay Kobayashi’s research focuses on the social epidemiology of cognitive aging from a global perspective. The goal of her research is to inform policy solutions to improve cognitive health and health equity among low-income older populations. She is a faculty member of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH) within the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

 

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