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Mending the Social Fabric of Our Nation: The Loneliness Epidemic among Older Adults

2023 Future of Health Summit

Mending the Social Fabric of Our Nation: The Loneliness Epidemic among Older Adults

Monday, November 6, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST
Salamander Washington DC - Gallery A

In an increasingly interconnected world, loneliness and social isolation have emerged as a silent epidemic, afflicting individuals of all ages and backgrounds, especially older adults. Intergenerational relationships hold the transformative power to foster a sense of belonging, purpose, and mutual understanding. Yet, our housing and built space promote age segregation. Technology, including social media, can promote social connection but also perpetuate isolation. Increasing evidence supports the efficacy of social prescribing and the benefits of intergenerational connections. What is needed for policymakers, providers, industry, and community leaders to promote social well-being on a national scale? Is the prescriptive model part of the answer? Join us for a discussion on one of the most important social issues of our time. 

Moderator
Susan Pinker
Psychologist; Author, The Village Effect; Social Science Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Speakers
Jean Accius
President and CEO, Creating Healthier Communities
Ron Goldman
Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, Wisdo
Julianne Holt-Lunstad
Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University
Jeremy Nobel
Founder and President, The Foundation for Art and Healing; Faculty, Harvard Medical School