Date: Friday, July 15, 2022 from 12 PM - 1 PM
Speaker: Lydia W. Li
Professor of Social Work
University of Michigan
The presentation will cover three areas: (a) definition of social isolation; (b) why is social isolation in older adults a public health issue? and (c) findings and lessons from a pilot study of a group-based phone-delivered meditation intervention for homebound older adults.
1) differentiate objective and subjective social isolation
2) recognize the prevalence and health impact of social isolation
3) evaluate the potential of group-based phone-delivered meditation interventions for homebound older adults
Dr. Li's Bio
Dr. Lydia Li is a professor of social work at the University of Michigan. She is a gerontologist. Her research aims to advance healthy aging among older adults who have been historically underserved. Her current research focuses on social isolation, depression, and ageism. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Welfare. She also serves on the editorial board of Research on Aging and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She teaches courses related to social welfare policy, research methods, program evaluation, aging policy, and social gerontology.
Peer reviewed journal articles
(1) Holt-Lundtad et al. (2015). Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality: A meta-analytic review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 227-237.
(2) Lindsay et al. (2019). Mindfulness training reduces loneliness and increases social contact in a randomized controlled trial. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(9), 3488-3493.