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RIAF Webinar – Findings from a literature review on social isolation, loneliness and older adults during COVID-19

October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



This webinar will discuss the results of a literature review conducted to determine the evidence-based interventions used to address social isolation in community-dwelling older adults, and how the policies and recommendations related to COVID-19 have impacted social isolation in older adults. As well, plans to adapt these findings in an age-friendly communities context will be discussed.

Ms. Punjwani will explore the following questions with participants:

  • What interventions has your community used or know of that addressed social isolation in older adults during COVID-19?
  • How can we harness technology as a tool to address social isolation rather than further exacerbate the digital divide?
  • What would you like to see included in a guide on implementing and/or adapting interventions addressing social isolation and loneliness in older adults?

Presenter Bio

Zoya Punjwani, BHSc, MPH(c)
Research Assistant, Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care

Zoya Punjwani, BHSc, MPH(c) is currently in her final semester of the Master of Public Health program at Queen’s University. Zoya completed her Master’s practicum at the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health at Providence Care where she conducted a rapid review to determine the negative effects of social isolation in older adults during and post COVID-19. Zoya’s public health interests lie in promoting health equity and conducting knowledge translation to implement evidence-based interventions. Previously, Zoya received her Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Major in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Calgary.

Webinar Recording