DEI Lunch & Learn

An educational series organized by the Department of Psychiatry DE&I committee. 

"Reducing Social Isolation for Homebound Older Adults"

Dr. Lydia Li

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. 

Register: Registration is required for educational credits and privacy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this zoom meeting.

Continuing Education: The presentation will provide either 1.0 SW CEU or 1.0 CME

Financial Disclosure Information:

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests to disclose for this activity. The planning committee and presenter have no personal financial relationship to a commercial interest producing health care goods/services in the past 12 months.

Accreditation and Credit Designation:

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

_1.0_ SW CEU will be offered for attending this talk.