Older adults have been significantly impacted by loneliness and social isolation during COVID-19. At the same time, health professional students in their first 1-2 years of training have lost opportunities to have interactions with older adult patients. The team at CU Anschutz, led by the CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging, hosts an outreach program where students from either the CU Anschutz School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, College of Nursing or School of Dental Medicine programs will pair with an older adult to have weekly to bi-monthly social phone calls.
For Older Adults, here is some criteria to consider if COAST-IT is a good fit:
For Students, here is some criteria to consider if COAST-IT is a good fit: