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Impact and Age-Friendly Interventions

Loneliness or social isolation among older adults has been demonstrated to adversely impact both mental and physical well being. Recent studies have outlined that social isolation among older adults is associated with increased health care spending by Medicare. Some suggest that social isolation should be considered a social determinant of health. In Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May recently appointed a Minister of Loneliness to address the issue. Here in the United States, there are efforts directed at reducing the instance of social isolation such as AARP Age Friendly communities that undertake to improve their built environment and increase transportation options; and Meals on Wheels programs that deliver “More than a Meal” interventions in the form of regular meal delivery including friendly visits. 

Presenters: Elise Hernandez, Data and Analytics Manager, Meals on Wheels America; Rodney Harrell, Director, Livability Thought Leadership, AARP Public Policy Institute. Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers In Aging. Webinar date: March 22, 2018. View the recording below or on the GIA You Tube channel at https://youtu.be/yp_7d3CLCCU.

 

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