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COVID-19 Webinar #10: Dealing with Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults During COVID-19

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Webinar


Join this webinar in our 2020 COVID-19 series brought to you by EPN, Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association (MNCHA), and Learn Care Together LLC! Registration is free, but required. Register today!

Dealing with Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults During COVID-19

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Social connectivity is a critical part of our overall health, especially for older adults living with functional impairments. COVID-19 has made it increasingly difficult for both family members and caregiving professionals to meet that need for connection creating significant health risks for the older adults in our care. 

Join Dr. Alan Abrams, a Harvard geriatrician with more than 40 years of experience caring for older adults in the home and in facilities, as he unpacks how to recognize and overcome the social isolation that is devastating the quality of life of so many older adults during the pandemic. This session will be moderated by Dr. Charlene Brown.


Alan Abrams, MD, MPH

Dr. Alan Abrams is a geriatrician with more than four decades of experience in developing health care delivery models for older and frailer adults and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He sits on the Board of Directors for Senior Helpers, a national provider of in-home care services, also serving as the Geriatric Clinical Advisor for Senior Helpers franchisees across the country. Dr. Abrams is the Chief Medical Officer for PerfectHealth, a provider of personalized, comprehensive health services delivered to seniors in their homes. His leadership shaped the COVID- 19 response for both Senior Helpers and Perfect Health

Previously, Dr. Abrams served as the Chief Medical Officer of Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization and as the founding Medical Director of UnitedHealth’s Special Needs Plan for People Living in Nursing Homes and their dual eligible Senior Care Options program.  In addition, he was the Cambridge Health Alliance Medical Director of the Center of Excellence for Senior Health which included a start-up PACE program as well as both a national and state award-winning house call medicine program.

Dr. Abrams was awarded the Physician of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Care in 1993 and was the AMDA delegate to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and a Certified Medical Director. Dr. Abrams holds an MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and an MD from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts and fellowship in geriatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Charlene Brown MD, MPH, FACPM

Dr. Charlene Brown is a public health physician expert who has overseen testing and outreach strategies for multiple global pandemics. As a Medical Officer at USAID, she advised local teams tackling the HIV pandemic in nearly 20 countries across 4 continents. She contributed to global policy frameworks for diagnostic testing through consultations at the World Health Organization. Prior to USAID, Dr. Brown served as the Deputy Health Commissioner for Medical Operations at the Baltimore City Health Department and led multiple medical safety reviews on antiviral drugs for the FDA.

Dr. Brown has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and been featured in national and local news outlets discussing COVID-19 and testing, including Yahoo Finance, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and Vox. She served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Emory Medical School and has worked as a clinician in retirement homes, rehabilitation hospitals, primary care clinics, homeless shelters, and more

As a physician entrepreneur, Dr. Brown founded CNA Simulations VR, a reimagining of clinical training for certified nursing assistants through virtual reality. Before that, she founded Caregiver Jobs Now, an award-winning platform connecting caregivers to meaningful jobs in senior care. Dr. Charlene Brown is Board-certified in Preventive Medicine, trained in internal medicine, licensed to practice in Maryland, and a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine. She is a graduate of Princeton University, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Brown serves on the Community Health Board of  Keswick Multi-Care.

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