Protecting the health of our seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors have been identified as one of the groups most vulnerable to the virus. In response, special care has been taken to protect them from potential infection. Society-wide measures, including widespread physical distancing and instituting “seniors’ hours” in grocery stores, have been designed, in large part, to protect our elders. In long term care facilities, a number of which have experienced outbreaks, policies have been implemented limiting contact between residents and staff as well as restricting outside visitors. Still, there are many who question whether we are doing enough to protect our seniors. Others speculate about what effects this isolation and disruption of routines is having on the overall physical and mental health of our seniors. Hear from UBC experts as they address these issues and answer viewer questions. Moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger, MJ'06, Senior Instructor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism; Senior Faculty Advisor to UBC President.
Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, PhD'06 – Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Principal Scientist, Active Aging Research Team
Dr. Roger Wong – Executive Associate Dean of Education and Clinical Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Chris Wyatt, BSc'81, DMD'86 – Professor and Head, Department of Oral Health Sciences; Director, UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program
Recorded April 30, 2020.
Links to helpful information referenced in webinar
- Top 5 Tips to Support Our Seniors
- Choose to Move: A collection of trusted resources to help keep you active and connected at home, curated by the Active Aging Research Team
- UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program
- Dr. Roger Wong’s OpEd in Globe and Mail, Removing seniors from care homes is not the solution to COVID-19 fears
- UBC Faculty of Medicine’s digital magazine, Pathways. Connecting with Compassion and Care (Supporting Seniors with Compassion and Care: Amidst the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping ourselves and our families safe and healthy is top of mind. This is particularly relevant when it comes to older adults in our communities. In this special issue of Pathways, the UBC Faculty of Medicine's magazine, UBC experts share suggestions and best practices to connect and care for our seniors.)
- bc211: Safe Seniors, Strong Communities
- BC Centre for Disease Control – Food Safety