Social Isolation and Loneliness Forum

Social Isolation and Loneliness Forum

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 3:00 - 5:15 PM

Social isolation, the objective state of having few social relationships or infrequent social contact with others, and loneliness, a subjective feeling of being isolated, are serious yet underappreciated public health risks that affect a significant portion of the older adult population.

Join Maryland Philanthropy Network's Affinity Group on Aging for a special virtual forum highlighting research on the health impact of social isolation and loneliness contributing to higher rates of mortality, depression, and cognitive decline. It has become one of the more critical and concerning issues which the coronavirus pandemic has certainly accelerated the need to address. Participants will learn about intervention programs around the country that engage older adults since COVID-19, combat isolation, prevent suicide, enhance well-being, and reduce chronic illness.

To better understand the complexity of social isolation and loneliness, will be joined by a number of distinguished speakers including:

  • Thomas Cudjoe, MD MPH, Geriatrician, Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins University, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
  • Tim Carpenter, Founder/CEO, engAGE
  • Scott Kaiser, MD, Chief Innovator Officer, Motion Picture Television Fund, and Director, Geriatric Cognitive Health at Pacific Brain Health Center
  • Patrick Arbore, Founder, Institute on Aging Friendship Line, and Founder/Director, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services  
  • Amy Greensfelder, LMSW, Executive Director, Pro Bono Counseling Project, and, a representative from Baltimore Neighbors Network
  • Kelly Hodge-Williams, President, KHW Consulting, and Development Director, PCs for People

Click here to read our speakers' bios. Please note, we are collecting current mailing addresses for a special post-program mailing. 

This program is for Maryland Philanthropy Network members and invited guests only.