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Social isolation is a growing health crisis. Despite its name, it is in plain view and begs attention. With the growing number of older persons at risk, health professionals and caregivers should be on alert, to identify and respond to symptoms. We can eradicate social isolation, and doing so can save lives. Because of its overwhelming negative effects, eradicating social isolation is one of the 13 grand challenges identified by the profession of social work.

Current research recognizes that social isolation is well documented for its detrimental effects on health and well-being across the life span. Researchers suggest that up to 50 percent of older adults will experience social isolation or loneliness. These data support the importance of increasing awareness of social isolation to intervene and increase older persons' quality of life across different cultures. In this timely and practical webinar geared toward multidisciplinary care teams, Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe will examine the clinical features of social isolation, with a particular focus on identifying and intervening in social isolation as experienced by older adults.

Participants of this webinar will be able to:

  • Understand social isolation and health effects;
  • Identify risk factors of social isolation and social exclusion;
  • Expand knowledge of promising interventions; and
  • Implement practices and interventions that can be used to eradicate social isolation.



Sandra Crewe

Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe, MSW, Ph.D., ACSW, is dean and professor of Social Work at Howard University. She is also a NASW Pioneer. Crewe has held leadership positions for 20 years in the field of public and affordable housing, and holds several board positions, including on the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, American Association of Service Coordinators, National Association of Deans and Directors, and Home Care Partners. Dr. Crewe is an ethnogerontologist with a focus on caregiving across the life span. Previously she was director of Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center, and is the principal investigator of a SAMHSA Mental Health Awareness Training grant. She is also a co-lead for the social work eradication of social isolation grand challenge.