The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions around the world physically as well as mentally, but a specific group of people have been enduring a double pandemic. Older adults, many who already endured social isolation prior to COVID-19, are more alone than ever before. This isolation can lead to increased health risks, including those already living with chronic illnesses. In addition, older adults with chronic illnesses who are used to face-to-face meetings with their primary care provider are now forced to rapidly learn and navigate the world of telehealth.
In this Web Forum, we will address the growing issue of social isolation and long-term care in older adults, and the many ways providers are working to combat this issue. The Web Forum will also address the roadblocks of current health management in older adults that have increased due to the shift to telemedicine