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This current moment of social distancing is particularly hard on the populations most vulnerable to isolation and loneliness like older adults, people with disabilities and those with mobility issues. Social isolation among older adults is a serious public health concern that we are even more worried about during this pandemic.
Today, I will be chatting with Ayesha Dixon, the Director of UCLA’s Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center, about the effects of COVID-19 on the lives of older adults and what we can all do to help reduce this isolation and loneliness.
Ayesha came to UCLA in 2019. For over ten years, she has been involved in both the private and public sector dedicated to the advocacy, civic engagement and program development in the field of aging.
In addition to focusing on positive aging, she believes in fostering community and that those who have served the University will continue to have the support of the University.
Ayesha holds both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Gerontology from USC, and a BA in Sociology from Temple University. Ayesha continued her passion for gerontology by creating innovative programming; such as intergenerational events, facilitating therapeutic art initiatives, and creating community-centered events. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, running, hiking, camping, music, and art.