Social connections are integral to human well-being. A lack of social connectedness is associated with morbidity, increased healthcare utilization, and even mortality. The risk of negative outcomes is particularly important for older adults who have increased risk of social isolation. The Institute of Gerontology identifies preventable and treatable precursors to social isolation and promotes interventions to optimize quality of life.
Loneliness as a public health issue: risk factors and outcomes
The country context of social connections and the public health impact on elders
Dr. Kerstin Emerson leads our social connectedness initiative.