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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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Public Meeting Agendas

Committee on the Health and Medical Dimensions of
Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults

FIRST COMMITTEE MEETING

DECEMBER 10, 2018

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20418

Open Session

11:15 a.m. Welcome Study Sponsors and Introductory Remarks

Dan Blazer II, Committee Chair

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation

Discussion and Q&A

Committee Members

12:30 p.m. Adjournment of Public Session
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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SECOND COMMITTEE MEETING

FEBRUARY 27, 2019

Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Open Session


9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dan Blazer II, Committee Chair

9:15 a.m. PANEL: Interventions

Jeanne-Marie Guise, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-Based Practice Centers

Jessica Retrum, Metropolitan State University of Denver (via Zoom)

Lucy Savitz, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Speaker Q&A with Audience

10:45 a.m. PANEL: Technology

Colin Walsh, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (via Zoom)

Steve Ewell, Consumer Technology Association Foundation

Speaker Q&A with Audience

11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. PANEL: State of the Science

James Coan, University of Virginia

Bert Uchino, University of Utah (via Zoom)

Speaker Q&A with Audience

1:30 p.m. Break
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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1:45 p.m. PANEL: Public Health Considerations

Martha Bruce, The Dartmouth Institute

Linda Fried, Columbia University

Speaker Q&A with Audience

2:45 p.m. Open Public Comment Period
3:30 p.m. Adjournment of Public Session

THIRD COMMITTEE MEETING – DAY ONE

APRIL 24, 2019

Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine
100 Academy Way
Irvine, CA 92617

Open Session

12:45 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dan Blazer II, Committee Chair

12:50 p.m. The Role of Technology

Sara Czaja, Weill Cornell Medicine (via Zoom)

1:20 p.m. Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Michael Monson, Centene Corporation (via Zoom)

2:00 p.m. Coalitions to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness

Maureen Feldman, Social Isolation Impact Project

Jeanne-Marie Guise, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-Based Practice Centers

3:15 p.m. Adjournment of Public Session
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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THIRD COMMITTEE MEETING – DAY TWO

APRIL 25, 2019

Beckman Center of the National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
100 Academy Way
Irvine, CA 92617

Open Session

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dan Blazer II, Committee Chair

8:05 a.m. Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Sachin Jain, CareMore (via Zoom)

8:45 a.m. Adjournment of Public Session
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Public Meeting Agendas." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25663.
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Social isolation and loneliness are serious yet underappreciated public health risks that affect a significant portion of the older adult population. Approximately one-quarter of community-dwelling Americans aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated, and a significant proportion of adults in the United States report feeling lonely. People who are 50 years of age or older are more likely to experience many of the risk factors that can cause or exacerbate social isolation or loneliness, such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and sensory impairments. Over a life course, social isolation and loneliness may be episodic or chronic, depending upon an individual’s circumstances and perceptions.

A substantial body of evidence demonstrates that social isolation presents a major risk for premature mortality, comparable to other risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, or obesity. As older adults are particularly high-volume and high-frequency users of the health care system, there is an opportunity for health care professionals to identify, prevent, and mitigate the adverse health impacts of social isolation and loneliness in older adults.

Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults summarizes the evidence base and explores how social isolation and loneliness affect health and quality of life in adults aged 50 and older, particularly among low income, underserved, and vulnerable populations. This report makes recommendations specifically for clinical settings of health care to identify those who suffer the resultant negative health impacts of social isolation and loneliness and target interventions to improve their social conditions. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults considers clinical tools and methodologies, better education and training for the health care workforce, and dissemination and implementation that will be important for translating research into practice, especially as the evidence base for effective interventions continues to flourish.

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