Social isolation, loneliness and health
Professor Andrew Steptoe
University College London
Chaired by Professor Rona Moss-Morris
Social relationships are fundamental to human existence, and impoverished relationships may have adverse health consequences. Health psychology often distinguishes between isolation, an objective indicator of the frequency and diversity of social contact, and loneliness, a subjective experience of lack of companionship and intimacy.
strategies for alleviating social isolation and loneliness share common features but with different emphasis, so it is important to understand the relative importance of the two constructs in relation to health outcomes.
This presentation will draw on recent research at UCL investigating links between social isolation, loneliness and a number of outcomes including mortality, physical function, subjective wellbeing, cognitive impairment and dementia.
The role of health behaviours and inflammatory, autonomic and neuroendocrine pathways will also be explored. Substantial efforts to alleviate esolation and reduce loneliness among older people are currently underway in the UK, though the long-term effects have yet to be established.
No need to reserve your place - all are welcome! However, there will be limited seating available.
Networking & drinks reception to follow until 18:00