Milken Institute 2023 Future of Health Summit
Monday, November 6, 2023
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Salamander Washington DC – Gallery A
Mending the Social Fabric of Our Nation: The Loneliness Epidemic among Older Adults
In an increasingly interconnected world, loneliness and social isolation have emerged as a silent epidemic, afflicting individuals of all ages and backgrounds, especially older adults. Intergenerational relationships hold the transformative power to foster a sense of belonging, purpose, and mutual understanding. Yet, our housing and built space promote age segregation. Technology, including social media, can promote social connection but also perpetuate isolation. Increasing evidence supports the efficacy of social prescribing and the benefits of intergenerational connections. What is needed for policymakers, providers, industry, and community leaders to promote social well-being on a national scale? Is the prescriptive model part of the answer? Join Milken Institute for a discussion on one of the most important social issues of our time.