Dear Friends,
As COVID-19 continues, and we move into an uncertain fall and winter, many of us are experiencing stress and anxiety. Recent studies found an increase in anxiety and depressive symptoms have occurred during COVID-19. This has frequently resulted in an increase in substance use to cope with the stress brought on by the pandemic. Older adults have specific challenges, being most vulnerable to the disease and most at risk of experiencing social isolation. 

Our guest contributor this month, Michelle Knapp, DSN, MSN, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, discusses the impact pandemics have on mental health and why older adults are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of social distancing. With no clear end of COVID-19 in sight, we need to develop solutions to address social isolation and build resistance.