Loneliness or social isolation among older adults has been demonstrated to adversely impact both mental and physical wellbeing. Recent studies have outlined that social isolation among older adults is associated with increased health care spending by Medicare. Some suggest that social isolation should be considered a social determinant of health.
In Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May recently appointed a Minister of Loneliness to address the issue. Here in the United States, there are efforts directed at reducing the instance of social isolation such as AARP Age Friendly communities that undertake to improve their built environment and increase transportation options; and Meals on Wheels programs that deliver “More than a Meal” interventions in the form of regular meal delivery including friendly visits.
To learn more about these programs and the impact they are having in communities across the country register for our upcoming webinar March 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT.
Joining us to describe work from their organizations designed to reduce the instance of social isolation and to describe interventions being undertaken in communities will be Elise Hernandez of Meals on Wheels America and Rodney Harrell of AARP’s Public Policy Institute.
Elise Hernandez, Data and Analytics Manager, Meals on Wheels America
Rodney Harrell, Director, Livability Thought Leadership, AARP Public Policy Institute
John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging
When: March 22, 2018 2:00 PM EDT
To view this past webinar, click here.