Creative Coping for Older Adults during COVID-19: How to Stay Safe and Sane

About this forum

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on everyone, especially “at-risk” groups, such as older adults. Sheltering in place orders and public health mandates have greatly limited the degree to which older adults can interact with their family or friends and reduced their involvement in activities within the community. These restrictions can lead to feelings of stress, sadness, and loneliness. This COVID-19 Mental Health Forum hosted by Dr. Karestan Koenen, highlights the effects of the pandemic on older adults and tips on how older adults can stay mentally and physically healthy during this unique time. The forum also includes a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Archana Basu.


Karestan Koenen, PhD
Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Archana Basu, PhD
Research Associate, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Instructor, Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital

Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH
Professor of Medicine, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital and the MGH Mongan Institute

Olivia I. Okereke, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital