Social Isolation and Loneliness

Monday, 09/28/2020, 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: Online

Human beings are social creatures, thriving on connections with others. These connections can help to reduce social isolation and loneliness and lower risk for a variety of physical and mental health conditions. This webinar will focus on how social isolation and loneliness affect older adults’ health and well-being, particularly amid the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will also address social isolation and loneliness in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, emphasize the impact of health disparities, and provide information on potential interventions and mitigating technologies.

Presentations and Speakers:

  1. Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults During COVID-19 Ashwin Kotwal, MD, MS, University of California San Francisco Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, University of California San Francisco
  2. Social Isolation & Loneliness: Interrelationships with Health & Well-Being in Older Adults Louise Hawkley, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago
  3. Managing Symptoms of Dementia, Maintaining Function, and Accessing Services During Isolation Sheria G. Robinson-Lane, PhD, RN, University of Michigan School of Nursing
  4. Identifying and Serving People Living Alone with Dementia Don Smith, Area Agency on Aging at United Way of Tarrant County
  5. I-CONECT Project: Using Video Chat to Reduce Social Isolation and Improve Cognitive Health Hiroko Dodge, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University

Series Information



This webinar series will address important topics for public health and health care professionals, aging services organizations, the research community, and other stakeholders in aging. The series is a joint project of four of the federal agencies that support the health and wellness of older adults in the U.S.: the Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Institute on Aging. In addition to general topics of interest for older adults and those who work with them, each webinar will include information specific to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as their caregivers.