Achievement Award Program

Building Resilience in the Older Population through Connectedness

Tags: Health
2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Building Resilience in the Older Population through Connectedness
Baltimore County, Md.

About the Program

CATEGORY: Health
YEAR: 2022
Social isolation is an important public health issue that has gained recognition during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the physical and mental health risks posed to older adults. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States in June of 2020, detailed that more than half adults aged 50-80 years felt isolated due to the pandemic. In an effort to combat the effects of isolation on the older adult populations, the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) launched the Rooted in Resilience Initiative throughout 2021. Each month of the year, the initiative featured engagement activities focused on a different personal growth action to build resilience. BCDA utilized the platform of our OPAL (virtual) Senior Center to invite all older adults in the community to join the free classes ranging from fitness to craft to dance parties. Participation was enhanced by the promotion of our local partners, including places of worship, libraries, long term care facilities, food distribution sites, senior housing and community associations. Lastly, in an effort to enhance the ability of older adults to take part in the virtual activities and socialization, BCDA also offered technology support and training for older adults.
Social isolation is an important public health issue that has gained recognition during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the physical and mental health risks posed to older adults. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States in June of 2020, detailed that more than half adults aged 50-80 years felt isolated due to the pandemic. In an effort to combat the effects of isolation on the older adult populations, the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) launched the Rooted in Resilience Initiative throughout 2021. Each month of the year, the initiative featured engagement activities focused on a different personal growth action to build resilience. BCDA utilized the platform of our OPAL (virtual) Senior Center to invite all older adults in the community to join the free classes ranging from fitness to craft to dance parties. Participation was enhanced by the promotion of our local partners, including places of worship, libraries, long term care facilities, food distribution sites, senior housing and community associations. Lastly, in an effort to enhance the ability of older adults to take part in the virtual activities and socialization, BCDA also offered technology support and training for older adults. County Baltimore County, Md. Featured Resources Announcing 2022 Achievement Award Winners Achievement Award Category Health

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