older adults, senior centers, social isolation, COVID-19
Demography, Population, and Ecology | Human Ecology | Medicine and Health
Social isolation can have devastating effects on an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing. The COVID-19 outbreak has put older adults at greater risk of isolation and has pushed efforts to address isolation to the forefront of public health in Massachusetts. Senior centers have been working to end isolation in their communities long before COVID-19 and have continued that work in the face of a global pandemic. This fact sheet describes what Massachusetts senior centers are doing during the pandemic to address isolation among older community members.
Somerville, Ceara; Collins, Saralyn; Coyle, Caitlin; Mutchler, Jan; and Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Senior Center Response to COVID-19: Social Engagement and Outreach" (2021). Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications. 54.