Health eVillages is proud to once again partner with Tivity Health, the MIT Age Lab and Jefferson College of Population Health to co-host the 2nd Annual Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging, August 7-9 in Portland, Maine.

We will convene 120+ experts from all sectors related to serving the rural aging population to focus on “Reversing Social Isolation” – one of the country’s most pressing chronic conditions and a public health crisis. Representatives will include leaders from healthcare, business, academia, policymaking/government, non-profit and rural advocacy. Together, we will investigate the challenges, opportunities, and concrete actions available to reverse social isolation in the United States.

Older Americans today increasingly live alone or on their own. Approximately one-third of people older than age 65 live alone and half of those over age 85 live alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Social isolation increases a person’s mortality by as much as 75%. Loneliness may increase the risk of premature death by 30%—equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

The summit will be led by Health eVillages Founder and Tivity Health CEO, Donato Tramuto and MIT AgeLab Founder and Director, Joe Coughlin, and will feature a panel discussion with Congressman Joe Kennedy. This summit is part of a larger effort by the sponsoring organizations to focus attention and solutions on the challenges of rural aging. Earlier this year, Tramuto co-hosted a panel discussion at the Newseum, and recently he co-chaired roundtable in Washington, D.C. with Senator Bill Frist and other key stakeholders to evaluate, discuss, and debate the serious challenges of social isolation.

For more information on the 2017 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging, please see visit: http://www.tivityhealth.com/connectivity-summit-2017/

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