County Program Limits Social Isolation Among Older Residents During COVID-19

County Program Limits Social Isolation Among Older Residents During COVID-19

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Studies show that social isolation can lead to health problems, including depression and heart disease, among older adults. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Cape May County’s Division of Aging and Disability Services is launching a campaign focused on limiting social isolation among older and disabled county residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign starts this month and will continue through April 2021. Staff from the Division of Aging and Disability Services will conduct wellness checks by phone that provide residents with social engagement, case management, caregiver and home-care monitoring.

“We are extremely pleased to launch this program and are getting positive feedback since this service began last Saturday,” Freeholder Jeffrey L. Pierson, liaison to Health and Human Services, said in a press release. “We recognize the need to address all facets of COVID-19 and its impact on our most vulnerable population in the county.”

He continued, “The staff know the residents and their needs and are very compassionate. This program will benefit those who really need social engagement and wellness checks.”

Studies have shown that social isolation can lead to health problems, including depression and heart disease. With older residents being asked to stay home due to COVID-19, they are at increased risk of having very little contact with others and becoming socially isolated, but calling an older adult can help keep them engaged and connected, the press release stated.

The Division of Aging and Disability Services continues to be operational and assisting Cape May County residents with their needs. If you need to speak to someone regarding Medicare enrollment, Mobile Meals, or other available services, or to make an Adult Protective Services referral, please call (609) 886-2784.