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Special notice to our clients, patients, students, volunteers and friends

The Sanford Center for Aging is taking seriously the public health concerns about the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) and the special risks this poses to elders, adults living with chronic diseases, and those who work with them. While doing everything possible to avoid panic or rash action, we are taking all prudent precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. This means we are suspending all our group programs, large events and other activities, and will seek alternate ways to deliver these programs and services.

The clinical services offered in our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic will continue as usual, with necessary precautions.

Please contact us with any questions: (775) 784-4774 or sanford@unr.edu. | See complete details here.

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Peter S. ReedPeter Reed testifies to U.S. Senate group about elders' social isolation, loneliness during pandemic

Peter Reed, PhD, director of the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, will testify June 11 before a U.S. Senate group on older adults and COVID-19.

Reed will discuss social isolation and loneliness of elders during the pandemic before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

"As a public health gerontologist, I find the COVID-19 disaster absolutely stunning," Reed says. "Among the many potential challenges during this time for elders, the risk of social isolation and a variety of mental health concerns are very prominent."Reed will talk to senators about the Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network (Nevada CAN), with a special emphasis on the NEST Collaborative. Nevada CAN began mobilizing in March to ensure that every elder

Nevadan has access to medical, social and daily essentials in their home, thus reducing COVID-19 exposure and impact.

The NEST (Nevada Ensures Support Together) Collaborative works to relieve social isolation during this time of physical separation. NEST provides virtual social visits to older adults who are practicing social distancing during the pandemic. The program is led by Dr. Jennifer Carson, Director of the Dementia Engagement, Education and Research Program in the UNR School of Community Health Sciences.

"Nevada CAN aims to ensure that all elders can stay safe while remaining well-supplied, socially engaged and able to receive needed telehealth services. As part of the overall effort, NEST has created numerous virtual social engagement opportunities to help keep people connected," Reed says.

The "Combating Social Isolation and Loneliness" hearing begins at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday, June 11. It will be streamed online from a link at https://www.aging.senate.gov. Other panelists include Carla Perissinotto, MD, from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine; Betsy Sawyer-Manter, CEO of SeniorsPlus in Maine; and Najja Orr, CEO of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., is one of the 15 members of the Senate Committee on Aging.

Read more about the Thursday hearing: https://www.aging.senate.gov/hearings/combating-social-isolation-and-loneliness-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

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Natalie Mazzullo named to Nevada Commission on Aging

Natalie Mazzullo

Natalie Mazzullo of the Sanford Center for Aging has been named to the Nevada Commission on Aging. Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed Mazzullo to the commission in October.

"At the Sanford Center, we're looking to change the overall landscape of what healthy aging looks like, and how we can better assist all older adults in Nevada to strive for healthy aging," Mazzullo said. That fits perfectly with the mission of the Commission on Aging, she said, which is to facilitate and enhance the quality of life and services for Nevada elders.

Mazzullo is assistant director of the Nevada Geriatric Education Center, part of the Sanford Center. She is responsible for the NGEC's Geriatric Lecture Series, including the next presentation, "Diabetes and Substance Abuse Management Post-Prison Release of Older Adults," coming up in December.

She also organized the 2020 Caregiver Conference with the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division. The conference, "Approaches to Meet Residents' Individual Needs," was held in both Reno and Las Vegas in February.

Mazzullo is based in Las Vegas, at the University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension office where she is also putting together a stakeholder group to address physical activity and nutrition education for older adults statewide. She grew up in Nevada and is starting to work toward a PhD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on older adult learners.

The Nevada Commission on Aging is part of the state Aging and Disability Services Division.