AARP Foundation Summit on Social Isolation

Public Implication of Isolation in Older Adults


Thursday, March 26 | 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

AARP_Foundation_LogoSponsored by AARP Foundation

Staying connected to the people and things that matter to us is fundamental to physical and mental well-being. More than 8 million adults age 50 and older across the country struggle with feelings of loneliness, isolation and a lack of regular companionship. Recent research shows that the negative health consequences of prolonged isolation and loneliness are especially harmful for older adults. Over the past several years, both loneliness and isolation have emerged as public health issues with the causes, costs and effects of social isolation are becoming better understood. However, awareness has yet to match the urgency of the problem.

AARP Foundation sponsored the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct seminal research examining how social isolation and loneliness impact health outcomes in older adults aged 50 and older, particularly among low income, underserved, and vulnerable populations. Building upon the research, this summit will bring together experts on aging, isolation and community health to share ideas, report on promising solutions, and discuss how comprehensive public and private partnerships can address this growing public health epidemic.


Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation

Emily%20Allen%20Picture.jpgEmily Allen, MA, SVP Foundation Programs, AARP Foundation






JSilsby-headshot.jpgJoscelyn Silsby, MPH, Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Advisor, AARP Foundation