Training Details

The Effects of Social Isolation on Dementia and Mortality

This session will examine research on the impact of social isolation on the elderly and its relationship to both dementia and mortality. While there has long been research which has shown that strong social connections provide a protective advantage against dementia and premature mortality, new data has come to the fore in light of the significant changes currently being seen in the elderly population thought to be caused by the social isolation mandates imposed by pandemic safety protocols. This new data further elucidates the strength of the connection among social isolation, dementia, and mortality in the elderly. For practitioners serving this population the new research both reinforces earlier knowledge and poses practical concerns about the urgency of appropriate interventions to reduce social isolation and its negative effects on vulnerable seniors. This session will focus on the quantitative and narrative research available which illuminates the interplay of social isolation on dementia and mortality. Furthermore, this session will provide an opportunity to discuss additional efforts needed to address the long-standing individual and systemic issues related to social isolation and its negative impact. This session will draw heavily from the lived experience of providers and clients as we learn together how to navigate the new landscape of human service delivery to these clients given the seemingly heightened urgency of addressing social isolation.
Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to:
    Articulate the relationship found in research on the interplay of social isolation, dementia, and mortality rates among the elderly.
    Examine additional preliminary quantitative and qualitative research on social isolation which has become available due to the safety mandates imposed by the pandemic.
    Examine changes in the safety net for the elderly which may be important for comprehensive and appropriate interventions.
    Utilize information obtained from this presentation to alter current practice standards with the elderly and to advocate for additional resources for this vulnerable population.


Event Cost:

$45.00 / 3 CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers

Event Information:

The Effects of Social Isolation on Dementia and Mortality


Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Cost $45.00 / 3 CEUs for
Counselors and Social Workers

About the Presenter(s):

Amy VanDyke, MSW, LSW, PhD

Dr. VanDyke earned a Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Ethics from Duquesne University, also located in Pittsburgh. Dr. VanDyke currently serves as the VP of Programs for Catholic Social Services of Columbus. She has over two decades of program design and implementation experience both in social services and in ethics. Dr. VanDyke is a member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW), The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), the European Society for the Philosophy and History in Medicine (ESPMH). She is an international speaker on ethics having made peer reviewed presentations in 6 countries and throughout the United States. Dr. VanDyke maintains teaching associations with the University of Pittsburgh and through the school of social work at the Ohio State University.