Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors – Expanding the Health Care System’s Role – New Report Feb. 27

Social isolation and loneliness in older adults have been linked to an increased risk of mortality, depression, and cognitive decline.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends ways that the health care system – which nearly all older adults interact with in some way – can identify, prevent, and mitigate the health consequences of social isolation and loneliness.

It also offers recommendations for strengthening health workforce education and training; addressing the ethical issues of health tech for seniors; and targeting interventions for LGBT, minority, and other underserved populations of older adults.

Members of the committee that wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations during a webinar at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27.


Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST Wednesday, Feb. 26. 

The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 27.

Reporters who wish to obtain copies should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

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