Older adults who reside within long-term care are at risk for isolation and depression due to a variety of reasons, including limited mobility and separation from their home, family, friends, and religious circles. Over time, this will cause a deepening impact on an individual's self-worth and emotions resulting in further isolation and depression. Interventions to promote social connectedness are needed to directly address this problem. This presentation will provide the listener with a better understanding of the issues older adults face in long-term care and provide practical interventions.
About Daniel J. Musto
Daniel Musto is the State of Utah Long-Term Care Ombudsman. He has been the long-term care ombudsman for the past thirteen years. Prior to this position he worked within long-term care as a certified nursing assistant, a recreational therapist, a social worker, and an Alzheimer’s unit director. His most recent employment includes working for the State of Utah Division of Child and Family Services as a family preservation therapist as well as a mental health therapist for Provo Canyon Boys School, and running his own private practice. Daniel completed his master’s degree in science with a major in mental health counseling in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. He is licensed by the State of Utah as a clinical mental health counselor and is also nationally certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Daniel has been a board member for the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the past six years. Daniel resides in Salt Lake City, Utah
State of Utah Long-Term Care Ombudsman