Dementia deaths rise during the summer of COVID, leading to concern

New statistics show that people with dementia have been particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  alzheimers-disease  covid-19  coronavirus  dementia  pandemic  elderly  social-isolation  infections  caregivers

A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

Why structured contact with nature, rolled out with government support, will go a long way to solving the psychological distress of coronavirus.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: environment mental-health covid-19 nature isolation interdisciplinarity climate-crisis green-prescriptions

Loneliness doubled for older adults early in pandemic

Staying close to home reduces COVID-19 risk for older adults, but feelings of loneliness can set in. Neighbors, healthy habits, and technology can help.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 isolation older-adults social-lives health-and-medicine

The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly isolation seniors touch social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer cognitive-decline living-alone

Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it

Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.

Matthew Lee Smith, Co-Director of Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly social-distancing isolation seniors social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer

Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it's not easy to be in a quaranteam.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health public-health mental-health anxiety pandemic transmission isolation friendship risk-management harm-reduction lonliness

Coronavirus: the psychological impact of 'shielding' indoors – and how to move on

Many people who shielding during the coronavirus pandemic will need help to step forward and reclaim life.

Jo Daniels, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Bath • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: psychology medical-care coronavirus-2020 self-isolation lockdown

Isolation can cut your life short

Isolation and loneliness can have major physical and mental health consequences. New research shows socializing is critical to survival and longevity.

Jason Clement-McGill • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: isolation loneliness emotions social-lives health-and-medicine lifespan immune-systems

A perfect storm for medical PTSD: Isolation, intensive care and the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Scott E. Hall, Program Coordinator & Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health medicine mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression anxiety psychology trauma social-distancing ptsd medical-care hospitals social-isolation patients

How do you stay safe now that states are reopening? An expert explains how to assess risk when reconnecting with friends and family

The U.S. is slowly reopening, but the messages from governments are confusing. An expert offers guidance on many people's first priority -- connecting with loved ones.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic social-distancing self-isolation cdc disease-transmission face-masks face-mask-shortage

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