Mary Kate Lyons, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Mary Kate Lyons is a recent graduate of the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University. She is disseminating the results of her doctoral research, completed at a geriatric primary care clinic from January through April 2021, which focused on feelings of loneliness and self-efficacy among older adults.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Background: Loneliness among older adults is a significant public health concern in the United States. Preliminary reports of the widespread impact of COVID-19 accentuate a mounting need within the U.S. healthcare system for routine assessment, intervention, and prevention efforts to address loneliness and associated negative outcomes in older adults.Objectives: To evaluate the impact of an occupational therapy-led intervention of developing individualized action plans on feelings of loneliness and self-efficacy among older adults with chronic illness.Method: Adults aged 60+ were recruited…