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.

The Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online brings together researchers, educators, scientists, health care professionals, influential thought leaders, and industry experts to address today’s most pressing issues in the field of aging. Attendees will have easy access to all sessions, networking opportunities, and may enjoy each program at their convenience at GSA’s state-of-the-art online conference.

Top 10 Topics

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Family Caregiving
  • Long-Term Care
  • Cognition
  • Minority & Diverse Populations
  • Education and Training
  • Social determinants of Health and Aging
  • Aging in Place
  • Mental Health
  • Family and Intergenerational Relations

The meeting includes:

  • 75 streaming symposia
  • Over 250 on-demand symposia
  • 450 on-demand paper presentations
  • 1500 posters
  • Live discussions with every presenter
  • Networking Opportunities

The 2020 theme, “Turning 75: Why Age Matters,” was selected as a celebration of GSA’s 75th Anniversary! We’re celebrating the collective accomplishments of members that have strengthened the field of aging and the mission of GSA. Presentations, programs, and activities will reflect the theme of the 75th year which is “honor the past and enrich the future.”

The University of Wisconsin­–Madison will host the 11th Annual Midwest Health Economics Conference virtually on September 17-18, 2020. Local sponsors are the Center for Demography of Health and Aging, La Follette School of Public Affairs, School of Business, Department of Economics, and Department of Population Health Sciences.

This annual invitational conference assembles junior and senior economists to present, debate, and discuss cutting-edge health economics research.

Registration is required

AFA’s educational webinar will explore the question of racial disparities and their impact on increasing incidences of dementia-related illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Specifically, our panelists will discuss:

AFA’s educational webinar will explore the question of racial disparities and their impact on increasing incidences of dementia-related illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

Specifically, our panelists will discuss:

  • How racism and discrimination increase risk factors of cognitive decline and dementia in BIPOC communities;
  • Differences in dementia caregiving in BIPOC communities;
  • The impact of racism on public health initiatives and preventive health measures;
  • Gaps in research on such disparities in dementia; and
  • Outreach strategies to increase BIPOC participation in clinical studies.

Opening Remarks:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Co-Chair, Congressional Bipartisan Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease.


Luisa Echevarria
Member, AFA Board of Directors
Director of Community Empowerment
Univision Communications, Inc.

Jennifer J. Manly, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuropsychology
The Neurological Institute of New York
Columbia University Medical Center

Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD
Professor, Health Behavior and Society
John Hopkins University


Please join the Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) for a webinar on COVID: Opportunities and Obstacles in Aging Research and Caregiving which will explore the nexus between the COVID-19 virus and older adults.

Specifically, our three panelists will discuss:

– What does data around COVID tells us about existing racial, economic and geographical health disparities;
– How aging research can be more inclusive in light of COVID exposed disparities;
– Opportunities to study care needs of older adults and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
– How aging impacts the effectiveness of potential COVID treatments and vaccines.

The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) presents:

Stephen O. Sodeke, PhD, MA, Bioethicist and Professor of Allied Health Sciences and Bioethics at Tuskegee University College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Biomedical Research will talk at RCMAR’s February 14 2020 webinar. Dr. Sodeke has presented several times to the Deep South RCMAR on ethics issues and will be sharing his knowledge about bioethics in research this time with the entire national RCMAR audience. He has spoken on ethical issues in health research with communities of color to many national audiences and published widely on the topic. Don’t miss this important topic for all researchers in minority aging.

Pre Webinar Readings:
1. Race and Medicine: The Harm that Comes from Mistrust
2. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

The goal of the Summit is to bring together individuals with a variety of backgrounds to identify evidence-based programs, strategies, approaches, and other

research that can be used to improve the care, services, and supports of persons with dementia and their caregivers. This Summit followed the example of previous Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) summits organized primarily by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), respectively. Each summit produces research recommendations that reflect critical scientific priorities for research. The primary anticipated outcome of the 2020 summit is to elicit recommendations for research priorities to inform federal agencies, foundations, and private sector organizations.

Registration will be open in mid-fall 2019 and close in early March 2020.

National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The RCCN workshop “Life Course Perspectives on Aging” will be held April 21 and 22, 2020 at the NIA Offices in Bethesda, MD. The scope of the workshop is broad and will include discussions about early life influences, the role of chronic and acute stress, and models and mechanisms that inform life course research, to name a few.

The Michigan Population Studies Center presents a panel discussion on Census 2020: Opportunities and Challenges, with Barbara A. Anderson, William Frey, David Johnson

This workshop will focus on cross-national differences in the determinants and consequences of healthy ageing. The workshop organizers are particularly interested in studies that examine microdata from the growing family of harmonized health and retirement surveys.

Hosted by the Program on the Global Demography of Aging at Harvard University.

Abstract submission deadline is October, 15th 2019.