Dr. Judith Cook and her team presented their health self-management education project at the National Council on Aging’s annual conference, Age+Action

Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy

Learn More

Breadcrumb

  1. Research
  2. Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
  3. In the News
  4. Dr. Judith Cook and her team presented their health sel...

Dr. Judith Cook and her team presented their health self-management education project at the National Council on Aging’s annual conference, Age+Action

Judith Cook, PhD
Judith Cook, PhD
Click to see more pictures.

On June 9, 2021, Dr. Judith Cook and her team presented their health self-management education project, designed to improve the emotional and physical well-being of Illinois' older adults, at the National Council on Aging’s annual conference, Age+Action.

Healthy and Connected During COVID-19 Using Wellness Recovery Action Plan

A person's mental health is tested without regular social interactions, placing seniors at risk for social isolation, heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, more than half of older adults report feeling lonely and isolated from others, which is double the proportion reported prior to COVID-19. Wellness Recovery Action Plan is an evidence-based self-management intervention that helps older adults learn to plan and engage in social and physical activities of their own choosing. WRAP® helps people find the motivation to build a daily schedule for wellness, containing realistic and rewarding activities to reach achievable goals. Available in a free app as well as an online version, WRAP can be completed individually or in Zoom groups. Learn how people can feel less isolated and more in control of their lives using a simple plan for responding to stress, negative thoughts, and challenging times.

Read more at: National Council on Aging

Featured Researchers

Judith A. Cook PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy

(312) 355-3921
(312) 355-4189
jcookatuic [dot] edu

Jessica A. Jonikas MA

  • Associate Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy

(315) 413-4522
(312) 355-4189
jonikasatuic [dot] edu

Sean Johnson MA, CRSS-E

  • Research Specialist / Project Coordinator

(312) 413-3622
seanjatuic [dot] edu