Understanding the Relationship between Loneliness and Health Outcomes in Older Adults
Psychological and sociological factors have a significant influence on how well individuals age. Age-related medical issues can also lead to greater psychological distress, including depression. This can lead to loneliness, which may lead to serious health-related consequences. Social restrictions that some illnesses place upon older adults’ lifestyle can result in isolation and loneliness. This activity will discuss the relationship between loneliness and poor psychological adjustment, social isolation, depression, decreased mobility and cognitive decline.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and Healthcare Transformation UnitedHealth Group Alliances.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, social workers and other health care professionals (HCPs) who serve the older adult population.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Explore how loneliness is related to poor psychological adjustment, social isolation, depression, decreased mobility and cognitive decline.
- Describe changing events contributing to loneliness.
- Outline the association between loneliness and health outcomes.
- Discuss how social interactions can benefit an individual’s health.
Daniel W. Russell, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Iowa State University
About the presenter
Dr. Daniel W. Russell’s research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships in coping with stressful experiences, and the mental health and physical health of adults, including disadvantaged groups. He has become a world leader for sophisticated studies of health and health services, which include drug use prevention, immunity, risk, and resiliency in African American parents. He has also made important contributions in the areas of measurement and research methodology, and was one of the developers of the UCLA Loneliness Scale and the Social Provisions Scale. These measures are widely used and considered the gold standard in the field of interpersonal relationships and health. His work has been noticed – and funded – by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. He has more than 150 published journal articles, book chapters, and research reports, in addition to more than 5,000 citations of his published work.
Sarah Chart, RN
Optum Health Education
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
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The faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Healthcare Transformation UnitedHealth Group Alliances. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-23-062-H04-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed a post-activity assessment and an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Optum Health Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
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