Training Details

The Case for Creating Connections in the Lives of Older and Disabled Adults in a Post Covid World

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In March 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid(CMS) issued a broad rule that allowed nursing facilities to restrict visitation of families, friends, and non-essential healthcare personnel to residents for their own health and safety. In March 2022, CMS issued a rule that completely rescinded the earlier rule. Facilities can no longer restrict visitation to residents except in very rare cases. This huge change in the rule is a recognition that people’s overall well-being is seriously impacted when they do not have connections with others. This session looks at the very real challenges in creating connections between and with older and disabled adults. It provides ideas to foster connections both face to face and virtually. It looks at the online world and offers suggestions that can be useful but also that can protect older and disabled adults from predators.
Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize the research surrounding social isolation, loneliness and death/negative health outcomes.
  • Provide suggestions for fostering connections including eight program ideas and best practice suggestions.
  • Describe extra challenges with cognitive impairment and limited capacity.
  • Examine technology and discuss ideas to use it to create connections and protect individuals as much as possible at the same time.
Event Cost:

$45.00 / 3 SUPERVISION CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers

Event Information:

The Case for Creating Connections in the Lives of Older and Disabled Adults in a Post Covid World


Tuesday, September 12, 2023
1:00 – 4:15 p.m. (PM Session)

Paula Markey Taliaferro, MGS, LSW

Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs
for Counselors and Social Workers

About the Presenter(s):

Paula Markey Taliaferro, MGS, LSW

Paula works part time at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging as an Outreach & Education Specialist. As such, she has presented over 980 workshops in the last decade.  Paula holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and a License in Social Work in the State of Ohio. She is a PAC Approved Trainer under Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach Certification. She is developer of the “Aging In Ohio” course which is required of many professionals who work with older adults.  In addition, she is one two developers of the “Fundamentals of Guardianship” course sponsored by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College.