AgeLab Launches Grand Challenge to Address Social Isolation

AgeLab Launches Grand Challenge to Address Social Isolation

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The MIT AgeLab is proud to co-sponsor a global competition to develop or apply solutions for combating social isolation and loneliness in older adults.

Social isolation is increasingly recognized as an issue for the health and wellbeing of older Americans, with its effects likened to the impacts of obesity and tobacco use. The causes of social disengagement among older adults cross a number of domains. Addressing the issue will require a variety of solutions.

In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge asks individuals and organizations of all kinds to develop actionable programs to reduce social isolation and loneliness in Massachusetts. Contest entries must fall within one of four categories: Caregiving, transportation, housing, and employment.

The Challenge is sponsored by the MIT AgeLab, Benchmark Senior Living, and GE Healthcare, in collaboration with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

The deadline for contest entries is September 28, 2018. Up to four winners will each receive $5,000. Contest rules and further information can be found at the Challenge website.