Strengthening social connectedness among older adults

Strengthening Social Connectedness Among Older Adults: February 2022 Webinar

We have a social connectedness crisis in America among older adults. Studies and surveys show that 1 in 4 people over the age of 50 feel lonely a significant amount of the time, and 1 in 3 are socially isolated. These problems have real, significant impacts on health and well-being. Research suggests that being isolated is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day in terms of your health impact. With such a key connection to our health, we’re asking the question in this webinar: What can we do to address the problem to try strengthening social connectedness among older adults?

In our February, 2022 webinar below we spoke with three amazing speakers working to make a difference on this critically important issue. We spoke a bit about the causes of social isolation and loneliness among older adults, including ageism and equity. We then explored several new approaches and solutions to address isolation and strengthen social connectedness among older adults. You can watch the on-demand webinar recording below for free, learn more about our speakers and panelists, and find a list of additional related resources to continue your research.

Meet our Webinar Speakers!

Visible Network Labs

Dr. Danielle Varda

CEO & Founder,
Visible Network Labs


State Director,
Colorado AARP

Morgan McDonald

Community Resource Navigator,
The Center for African American Health

Janine Vanderburg

Director & Chief Catalyst,
Changing the Narrative in CO

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The Center on Network Science is an active hub of network research, evaluation, and education and is dedicated to serving as a resource for communities, organizations, faculty, staff, and, students. Our goal is to build knowledge, skills, and tools for network leaders and managers to be able to use data to understand their networks, inform decisions, and improve collaboration. 

Visible Network Labs is a team of network scientists, developers, data analysts, evaluators and technologists working together with a shared mission: building society’s capacity to transform and strengthen social connectedness at all levels of life. We focus on creating new tools, training and services that make network science and analysis accessible to those who need it most.

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Every month at VNL, we invite one of our staff or community partners to present on network leadership topic they specialize in. We cover a broad range of areas, from building new networks and partnerships, managing them strategically, and evaluating collaboration to demonstrate impact and improve over time. If you are interested in presenting at a Network Leader Webinar in the future, please contact our team to discuss your ideas in greater depth.