Loneliness and the aging population

How businesses and governments can address a looming crisis

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Authors: Nicola Palmarini

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, Global manager for Aging and Accessibility solutions,
Heather Fraser

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, Global Lead for Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM Institute for Business Value,
Sheila Zinck

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, Advocacy and Eminence programs lead,
Rebecca Wu

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, Business Analytics and Strategy consultant

Improving how older adults engage with the world For the aging population, loneliness is more than a state of mind – it is an emerging risk factor that has implications for personal, economic and societal well-being. A range of stakeholders, including business leaders, medical professionals, governments, advocacy groups and social service organizations, has a significant interest in preventing, identifying and addressing the root causes of loneliness. Without countermeasures, older adults face continued detachment from the mainstream, even as their numbers grow. Our newest research explores how organizations in many industries can act to help older adults strengthen their social fabric and reconnect to others.

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