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NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Discussing the NASEM 2020 Consensus Study Report
The NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health is pleased to invite you to join us for a discussion with expert panelists from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus study report, Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System (2020). Experts summarize the evidence base and explore how social isolation and loneliness affects health and quality of life in older adults, particularly among low income, underserved, and vulnerable populations. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately one-quarter of community-dwelling older adults in the U.S. were considered to be socially isolated, and a significant proportion of adults reported feeling lonely. A year into this pandemic that necessitates physical distance and isolation, adults are at even greater risk for negative outcomes. Learn with us as we explore what opportunities exist for health care professionals and communities to identify, prevent and mitigate health impacts of loneliness and isolation in older adults.


George Demiris PhD, FACMI
PIK University Professor
School of Nursing & Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Colleen Galambos, PhD, LCSW, LCSW-C, ACSW, FGSA
Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology and Professor
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Brigham Young University

James Lubben, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Founding Director, Institute on Aging
Boston College, School of Social Work

Tracy A. Lustig, DPM, MPH
Senior Program Officer
Health and Medicine Division
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

May 11, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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