Connecting Elders to Their Communities
In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Consortium on Aging at UTHealth is addressing the unique challenges that face our aging population. In particular, feelings of social isolation and loneliness are exponentially increasing as "social distancing" orders are being put in place, further isolating older adults from their families and communities as well as their medical resources.
The Consortium on Aging is attempting to alleviate some of this pressure by creating a "community of connection" by raising funds to provide tablets for hospitalized older adults and isolated homebound older adults so that they can virtually communicate with their families and their UTHealth physicians throughout this difficult time. Research has shown that decreasing social isolation can lead to better emotional and physical health, and in the wake of this global health crisis, keeping our older population healthy and happy is vital.
About the Consortium on Aging
The Consortium on Aging was established to lead UTHealth in meeting the challenge of providing quality health care for the growing elderly population in Houston. The Consortium on Aging is a university-wide collaborative effort that leverages the existing strengths and expertise of all the UTHealth schools, including the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, biomedical informatics, and biomedical sciences.
Focusing on aging-related interdisciplinary care, education, research, and community outreach, the role of the Consortium on Aging is to foster collaboration among the schools and centers of UTHealth with the goals of:
Enhancing the geriatric knowledge and skills of health care students and providers and promoting coordinated, patient-focused care by interdisciplinary teams.
Finding innovative strategies for training health care students and practicing providers in geriatrics.
Facilitating aging-related research and the advancement of gerontology.
To learn more about the Consortium on Aging, please visit our website.