Hearing Loss and Safe, Effective Health Care Communication
Thursday May 28, 2020 at 12:30pm CST (10:30am PT)
Dr. Margaret Wallhagen will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on people with hearing loss when everyone is wearing a mask and isolating. Hearing loss exacerbates the impact of isolation and enhances the risk for isolation, depression, confusion and delirium.
Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., GNP-BC, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, is a professor in the School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco where she teaches gerontological nursing at the master’s and doctoral level. She also serves as director of the UCSF/ Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and is Senior Nurse Scholar for the VA Quality Scholars program in SF. Her research focuses on how older individuals and their families manage chronic illnesses and changes that occur with age, and has explored issues related to informal caregiving, diabetes, and the construct of successful aging. However, for the last several decades she has focused specifically on the impact of hearing loss (HL) on older adults. Her most recent work addresses the benefits of integrating screening for HL into primary care, the impact of HL on the provision of quality palliative care, and the impact of HL on the caregiver-individual
with HL dyad in the context of a serious illness.