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Geriatrics COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 represents a major problem for older persons. In addition, social isolation can increase the loneliness epidemic. The Geriatrics program at St Louis University provides this information to update older persons on the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Adults, a free continuing education event is now open until December 31, 2020.  Nine international speakers present on various topics such as Aegism, the Italian Experience, and the impact patients in In-patient, Acute Care, and Skilled Care facilities.  Learn how to support caregivers, End-of-Life issues, and Loneliness and Social Isolation.

Continuing education is offered for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Physician Therapists.

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New Resources for Older Adults Isolated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Max Zubatsky, Ph.D., LMFT and Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW received a rapid response grant from the St. Louis Community Foundation to help homebound seniors who are isolated and lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will help older adults feel less isolated and stay more connected with their community through telehealth therapy, educational resources, and psychosocial groups. For more information about these services, check out the following websites:

The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy,  Phone: 314-977-2505 Email: ccft@slu.edu

The Memory Clinic,  Phone: 314-977-9759 Email:  memoryclinic@health.slu.edu

Memory Care Home Solutions,  Phone: 314-645-6247 Email: help@memorycarehs.org

 Articles, Podcasts, and Interview Resources

Date Title Speaker(s)/Author(s) Link
June 9, 2020 COVID‐19: a major cause of cachexia and sarcopenia? John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia, and Muscle Wasting
June 6, 2020 Easing of Social Restrictions  John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch Elder Talk with Tucker Allen
June 5, 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic: Workforce Implications for Gerontological Social Work Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. and Tracy Schroepfer Journal of Gerontological Social Work
 June 2, 2020  History of Pandemics John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch. History of Pandemics
May 30, 2020

Editorial: Diagnostic Testing for SARS-Coronavirus-2 in the Nursing Facility: Recommendations of a Delphi Panel of Long-Term Care Clinicians

M Wasserman 1, J G Ouslander, A Lam, A G Wolk, J E Morley, S von Preyss-Friedman, N Marco, A Nazir, D Haimowitz, F Bessey

J Nutr Health Aging
May 11, 2020

Using Telehealth Groups to Combat Loneliness in Older Adults Through COVID-19

Max Zubatsky, Ph.D., LMFT, Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. and John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch.

Journal of American Geriatrics Society
May 4, 2020

A Brief but Spectacular Look  at COVID-19 in Older Persons

John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch.

COVID-19 in Older Persons
April 30, 2020 Editorial: Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults  During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Gerontological Social Work

Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. and John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch.

Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Gerontological Social Work
April 27, 2020 Aging in the Time of COVID-19

John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch

Aging in the Time of COVID-19
April 24, 2020 Loneliness and Social Isolation  Among Older Adults: How Can We Provide Support?

Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.., L.C.S.W.

Michael Creedon Annual Lecture on Aging, A.T. Still University
April 11, 2020 KTRS Elder Talk with Tucker Allen

John E. Morley , M.D., B.Ch.

KTRS Elder Talk
April 13, 2020 Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Considerations for Palliative Care Providers Cara L. Wallace, Ph.D., LMSW, APHSW-C1, Stephanie P. Wladkowski, Ph.D., LMSW, APHSW-C2, Allison Gibson, Ph.D., MSW, LISW3, Patrick White, M.D., HMDC, FACP, FAAHPM4 JPSM Journal
March 16, 2020 Breitbart News: Older Persons and the COVID-19 Pandemic John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch. Breitbart News
March 25, 2020 How to Combat Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors During the COVID-19 Outbreak Marla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW St. Louis On the Air
March 31, 2020



Nursing Homes Struggle with Coronavirus Prevention John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch. St. Louis On The Air
Spring 2020 Aging Successfully Article Older Persons and the COVID-19 Pandemic John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch. COVID-19 Update
Spring 2020 Journal of Nutritional Health and Aging Editorial: COVID-19 and Older Adults John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch. and Bruno Vellas,  M.D. COVID-19 and Older Adults

The links above provide access to interviews, podcasts, Zoom broadcasts, and documents on helping older persons and their caregivers cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.