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Geriatrics COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 represents a major problem for older people. In addition, social isolation can increase the loneliness epidemic. The geriatrics program at Saint Louis University provides this information to update older adults on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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
Feb. 2, 2021 St. Louis Nursing Homes Find Creative Ways to Keep Residents Engaged Amid Pandemic Lifestyles

Angela Sanford, M.D.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Lifestyles Article
Jan. 25, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination in Frail People: Lots of Hope and Some Questiions

Yves Roland, M.D., John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch, Matteo Cesari, M.D., Reshma A. Merchant, M.B. Ch.B, MRCP, FAMS, FRCP, and Bruno Vellas, M.D.

Editorial: Journal of Nutritional Health Aging
Jan. 20, 2021 COVID-19 and Older Adults 

John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch and Bruno Vellas, M.D.

Journal Nutritional Health and Aging
Nov. 11, 2020 Aging in the Time of Covid-19: A Corona Virus John E. Morley, M.D., B.Ch Virtual Collaborative Lecture Series
July 9, 2020 Breathing Exercises | Memorial Sloan Kettering Memorial Sloan Kettering Breathing Exercises/Sloan Kettering
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 adults and their caregivers cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.