Managing Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Advice Series from Area Agency on Aging Experts

Guest Contributors: Kay Vanags and Stacie Speirs “Social distancing” in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic has created confusion and new challenges for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers. For these individuals, social distancing has heightened the experience of loneliness and social isolation. With this guest blog from experts in Iowa’s aging network, … Continue reading Managing Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Advice Series from Area Agency on Aging Experts

LifeLong Links: Getting Information and Services to Older Iowans, Adults with Disabilities, and Family Caregivers During COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2020             Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging are at the front line of meeting the needs of older Iowans, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Older adults are at the highest risk for serious COVID-19 illness due to age-related changes in immune systems and, for some, … Continue reading LifeLong Links: Getting Information and Services to Older Iowans, Adults with Disabilities, and Family Caregivers During COVID-19 Pandemic

How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging

Photo via Apple Tree Dental This week's trivia question asks whether social interactions and friendships help reduce the negative health effects of aging. The answer is yes! Many human development and gerontology researchers have determined that our biology (i.e., genetics, physical health), our psychology (i.e., cognitive functioning and health), and social influences each play a … Continue reading How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging