Mandates that require social distancing and sheltering-in-place to stop the spread of the coronavirus have worsened an already concerning public health issue for older adults –social isolation and loneliness. Alabama Extension System at Alabama A&M University developed a program focused on helping older adults connect with family and friends. A descriptive study of 37 older adults indicated that their knowledge, ability, and comfort with implementing Zoom sessions increased significantly after completing the program. Findings show the potential use of the Zoom for Seniors program in preventing social isolation or loneliness among older adults.
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Brandon, D. P., Griffin, C. L., Minniefield, D., Rudolph, D. D., Gullatte, D. L., Hyter, N. C., Irby, P. G., Christian, J. I., & Whittaker, C. L. (2022). Extension’s use of Zoom to Address a Public Health Risk Among Older Adults. The Journal of Extension, 60(4), Article 2. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.04.02