A New Kind of Village: Combatting Loneliness in Older Adults
2:30pm - 3:30pmWednesday, March 7
Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center
Loneliness among the aging population has been well documented and shown to have health risks equivalent to those of smoking and diabetes, with an overall 26 percent increase in mortality. In their new report, "Loneliness and the Aging Population: How Businesses and Governments can address a looming crisis,” IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV) examines how organizations can better understand loneliness and aging, and outlines current solutions and recommended actions to mitigate loneliness and foster greater social connection. Included in the report is a case study on the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, whose core mission is the development and testing of new technologies and digital tools to support health, wellness, engagement, growth and learning for the older adults in their communities. Join us at this session, where we will explore several solutions designed to help people rebuild social connections and engagement with their communities.