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Connecting People with Resources That Help Fight Social Isolation and Loneliness

Social isolation is an epidemic that poses serious health risks affecting millions of people in the United States.

To address this growing public health issue, the Administration for Community Living in partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health established a cross-sector initiative, coordinated by USAging to reach people who are socially isolated. The aim of the collaboration is to connect people living with isolation with programs and resources to build the social connections they need to thrive.

Joint Virtual Summit

engAGED and Commit to Connect recently co-hosted a two-day Virtual Social Engagement Summit on August 2 and 3 from 1:00-3:30 pm ET. The Summit brought together researchers and national, state and local leaders for discussions regarding the current state of social isolation research and practical implications for the social engagement work of the Aging Network, disability network and partner organizations. Recordings and slides from the event are now available.

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About Commit to Connect

A new cross-sector initiative dedicated to connecting people with programs and resources to build the social connections they need to thrive.

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Need Help? Find Support Services in Your Area

Search our Local Assistance Directory for free or reduced cost services that may combat or prevent social isolation. You’ll also find services like medical care, food, job training and more.


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Recent Research & Resources

Evidence-Based and Promising Practices Promote Successful Intergenerational Service Delivery

The literature review highlights promising practices and evidence-based strategies of intergenerational programs that can be applied to social isolation and loneliness, and assist community-based providers of services to youths and older adults with leveraging the talents of their younger and older members to improve connectedness and achieve an array of desired outcomes.

The Pandemic Effect: A Social Isolation Report

This report explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults of all ages, to understand levels of social isolation during the pandemic, and to assess knowledge of how social isolation can impact a person’s health.

Funded by AARP Foundation with the support of a grant from United Health Foundation.

AARP Foundation

2022 End Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum

On October 11-13, the Foundation for Social Connection (F4SC), with support from the Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness (CESIL), will host its annual End Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum. This international three-day event is free and open to all. 

The Action Forum is not only a time to identify key innovations and promote policy solutions, but also an opportunity to commit to action. Join in October 11-13, to hear how organizations around the world are taking action against social isolation and loneliness.

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