The Health Impact of Loneliness: Emerging Evidence and Interventions
One in five Americans say they feel lonely or socially isolated–and this lack of meaningful social connections can have life threatening consequences. Loneliness raises the risk of premature death as much as smoking or obesity. In addition, an estimated $6.7 billion in annual federal spending is attributable to social isolation among older adults. The impact on the health system and public health is only anticipated to increase with the growing aging population. What is the role of the health care community in addressing this public health threat?
This webinar explored strategies for addressing loneliness across age groups and considered its effect on health. Speakers discussed:
- Emerging models to meet the social needs of seniors and address risk factors associated with loneliness
- A comprehensive initiative to combat loneliness among seniors through weekly phone calls, home visits and community-based programs
- Trends suggesting that Americans of all ages are becoming less socially connected and research on the impact of social isolation and loneliness on mortality rates