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Aging and Mental Health: Interventions To Address Loneliness and Social Isolation

Continuing Education Units Webinar

Title Aging and Mental Health: Interventions To Address Loneliness and Social Isolation
Date Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Time 10 a.m. PDT | 11 a.m. MDT | 12 Noon CDT | 1 p.m. EDT
Cost Free
Credit Includes 1 complimentary CE credit*
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Mental health problems are not a normal part of the aging process, yet more than 20% of adults ages 55+ have a mental health concern that could lead to further health disparities and diminished quality of life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This session introduces definitions, prevalence, risk factors, and the social, physical and mental health impacts of loneliness and social isolation on older adults, followed by successful assessments and interventions you can integrate into your care setting. The discussion also focuses on intervention strategies at the community and individual levels, including a non-pharmacological evidence-based intervention, Circle of Friends, shown to decrease loneliness, social isolation, and associated physical and mental health challenges.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Recognize risks and predictors of age-related loneliness and social isolation.
  • Integrate assessment strategies for loneliness and social isolation into practice.
  • Apply intervention strategies to minimize the impact of loneliness and social isolation. 
  • Identify criteria for non-pharmacologic interventions to address loneliness and social isolation.

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About the Presenter:

Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW

Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW , is Professor Emeritus at Saint Louis University School of Social Work, Executive Director of the Gateway Geriatric Education Center, and Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She is also Project Director of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, with grants funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration in the School of Medicine. Her scholarly work includes aging, family caregiving, and social work practice. Her recent research focuses on family caregiving, cognitive stimulation therapy, driving, and loneliness and social isolation. She has authored four books and 100+ book chapters and journal articles. During 27 years at Saint Louis University, she has also served as Social Work Director of Field Education, Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of the College of Education and Public Service, and Dean of the School for Professional Studies. She is Past President of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work and the National Association for Geriatric Education.

** This webinar is designed for professionals and family caregivers. Eligible professionals can claim ONE FREE CE credit within 60 days of the live webinar by attending the live event or watching the recorded program. Your credit will be emailed within 30 days of survey submission. For a list of approved accreditation providers and other information, visit asaging.org/ceu-information.