Addressing Old-Age Loneliness and Social Isolation:
from Evidence to Action
European Policy Seminar of COST Action Reducing Old-Age Exclusion in Europe:
Collaborations in Research and Policy – ROSEnet (CA 15122)
Translation in English and French
Kartuizercenter; Rue des Chartreux 70; 1000 Brussels;
11 April 2019
The seminar ‘Addressing Old-Age Loneliness and Social Isolation – from evidence to action’ was organised as part of the networking partnership between Age Platform Europe and the ROSEnet Cost Action (Reducing Old-Age Exclusion in Europe). The idea of the seminar was to share knowledge, experience and solutions to address old-age loneliness and social isolation among researchers, practitioners, policy makers and older persons themselves. The seminar was attended by both ROSEnet researchers and AGE Platform’s members.
The discussion focused on various factors increasing someone’s risk of experiencing, loneliness and/or exclusion from social relations when ageing. These include gender, household circumstances and marital status, physical and mental health, low socio-economic status, ethnicity or sexuality. By considering these factors, and the interaction between them, older people and their organisations, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers can build a better understanding of who might experience loneliness or be socially isolated and, therefore, be likely to benefit from support.
Development of new technologies was largely discussed, investigating on its risks and opportunities for social inclusion in old age. Technology must help people to navigate in local environments and to meet their various needs. To do so, technological innovation must be meaningful for all age and population groups, based on the principle of independent access.
Further details on the seminar as well as presentations from the day are available here