Stress and loneliness are biologically toxic factors with adverse effects on mental and physical health. The 2018 Gallup World Poll found a 25%–40% increase in stress, worry, and anger in the US from 2008 to 2018. Loneliness is associated with considerable distress, and older adults are vulnerable to loneliness due to losses, physical decline, and social isolation. The COVID-19 pandemic led to increased social isolation, though some older adults with higher levels of resilience and wisdom faced the pandemic with greater fortitude than younger adults.
Aging is associated with numerous stressors that negatively impact older adults’ well-being. Resilience improves ability to cope with stressors and can be enhanced in older adults. Senior housing communities are promising settings to deliver positive psychiatry interventions due to rising resident populations and potential impact of delivering interventions directly in the community.
A researcher from the Stein Institute for Research on Aging and the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging has developed a new remotely-administered manualized resilience- and wisdom-focused behavioral intervention to reduce perceived stress and loneliness in older adults.
It is a 6 session intervention to enhance wisdom, resilience, compassion and self compassion.
This intervention can be done for one on one sessions, online sessions, or group sessions.
associated with lower levels of perceived stress,and we have reported a
significant inverse correlation between loneliness and wisdom. Both
resilience and wisdom are potentially modifiable, using several
documented strategies. Although many interventions to reduce loneliness
exist, reviews note poor quality of evidence concerning their
The resilience and wisdom training (RWT) is a 6 session intervention to enhance wisdom, resilience, compassion and self compassion. This intervention can be done for one-on-one sessions, online sessions, or group sessions.
UC San Diego is actively licensing this six week resilience and wisdom training program to interested senior living communities.
Please contact the Executive Director of UCSD's Center for Healthy Aging and the Stein Institute for Research on Aging for delivery and set-up of the RWT course.
Danielle K. Glorioso, LCSW
Exec. Dir. of the Center for Healthy Aging and
the Stein Institute for Research on Aging
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr. m/c 0664
San Diego, CA 92093-0664
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