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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    Prevalence of Social Isolation and Impact on Well-being of Older Adults

    • Slides

    • Part 1

    • Building age-friendly communities | Samir Sinha | TEDxStouffville

    • Part 2

    • Part 3

    • Part 4

    • Part 5

    • Assignment #1

    • Supporting the Isolated Elderly

    • City of Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0

    • National Seniors Strategy

    • Living Longer, Living Well

    • Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

    • Presentation Notes

  • 3

    Understanding Risk Factors for Social Isolation of Older Adults

    • Slides

    • Part 1

    • Part 2

    • Social Prescribing

    • Part 3

    • Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health

    • Who’s at Risk and What Can Be Done About It?

    • Living Longer, Living Well

    • Innovative Approaches to Ending Social Isolation in Canada

  • 4

    Pandemic Implications regarding Social Isolation and Older Adults

    • Slides

    • Part 1

    • How Are Seniors Dealing with Pandemic Isolation?

    • Part 2 - Video Discussion

    • Part 3

    • Part 4

    • Part 5

    • Assignment

    • Part 6 - Assignment

    • COVID-19 and social support for seniors: Do seniors have people they can depend on during difficult times?

    • Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors in a Pandemic Context

    • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian seniors

    • Reports of elder abuse soar in Canada as COVID-19 further isolates vulnerable seniors

    • COVID-19 and dementia: Research to improve care for older adults across Canada

    • The experiences and needs of older caregivers in Canada

    • Social isolation and loneliness among older adults in the context of COVID-19: a global challenge

    • Loneliness & Isolation in LTC during the COVID Pandemic

    • Many seniors struggle with loneliness. The pandemic has only made it worse

    • Additional Readings

  • 5

    Staying Connected to your Community of Choice

    • Slides

    • Part 1

    • Supporting the Isolated Elderly

    • Part 2

    • Part 3

    • Sessions Links and Notes

    • Part 4

    • Resources courtesy of Dr. Stone

Instructor

Senior Instructor

Anna Siciliano


Anna Siciliano received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) from York University. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Anna has extensive clinical experience working with children, adults, and older adults specializing in mental health, interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, trauma, and caregiver counselling. She has also held several roles within the child welfare sector. Her research interests focus on the mental health of children, adults, caregiver counseling, elder abuse, palliative care. Anna's most recent role was Social Work Care Navigator with Sinai Health System's Circle of Care -Independence At Home Community Outreach Team (IAH COT) which includes a Registered Nurse, Social Worker, TC Home and Community Care Support Services Care Coordinator, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Geriatrician and Pharmacist. This unique team provides specialized, comprehensive geriatric assessments, navigation and access to rehabilitative services to medically complex and frail older adults who live at home and have experienced a functional decline. Her role with IAH COT has provided Anna a platform to present her Social Work Care Navigator role at a conference in New Brunswick, Moncton including presenting at various conferences in Toronto, ON.
 In April 2021, Anna commenced a new role as Inpatient Medicine Social Worker with Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. Anna assists in disposition planning, including navigation of resources and advocacy to optimize patients' transitions in care. Additionally, Anna is a Clinical Social Work/Therapist with a private counseling agency in Toronto, ON. Anna is the recipient of the prestigious Esther and Saul Baker Awards (2021) for her outstanding clinical and leadership work in the Geriatrics Program at the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network (UHN). In her spare time, Anna enjoys Forest Bathing and hiking excursions.