The Connect Effect: An Online Discussion About Loneliness for Seniors


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life. In this unprecedented time of social distancing, feelings of loneliness have reached new heights. Studies have shown the correlation between loneliness and health outcomes, and seniors are particularly vulnerable to the effects of isolation, including depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

The Corporators and Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital recently hosted a webinar about the health implications of loneliness and community resources for the aging population. Panelists Sunita Hanjura, MD, Emerson Primary Care Associates of Bedford; Robert Pacl, LICSW, Emerson Hospital; Katharine Esty, PhD, author on aging well; and Kelsey Magnuson, community benefits coordinator at Emerson Hospital, discussed the health implications – both physical and mental – of loneliness and shared important resources.