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Social Isolation Impact Summit

Isolation and Loneliness: A Crisis We Can Solve Together

In collaboration with Milken Institute, Center for the Future of Aging, we fuel efforts to tackle isolation and loneliness among older adults in the age of COVID-19. Join us for inspirational stories, innovative approaches, tools, and resources to help us all respond to the needs of older adults now. With an emphasis on the role of practical solutions and opportunities for collaboration, the conference frames the issue, share reports from the frontlines, and spotlight strategies being successfully deployed including a virtual innovation showcase.

Watch our 2020 inaugural Social Isolation Impact Summit here.  Be inspired and informed.


As public officials urge people to stay home and maintain social distance to combat the spread of COVID-19, we’ve seen a heightened risk of social isolation and loneliness among people of all ages, especially among older adults.

More than one of four adults aged 50 to 80 reported that they felt isolated even before the outbreak, MPTF and the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging have joined together to host this conference because we believe, now more than ever, aging service and other community-based organizations seek inspiration and tangible ideas of what they can do right away to reduce loneliness among older adults.

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“Nearly one out of three older Americans now lives alone, and the health effects are mounting.”


“Nearly one out of three older Americans now lives alone, and the health effects are mounting.”



Romilla Batra, MD, MBA, SCAN Health Plan
Donna Benton, PhD, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Tim Carpenter, EngAGE
Maureen Feldman, MPTF
Marc Freedman,
Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MS, FAAN, Philanthropic Consultant
Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, Brigham Young University
Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, The George Washington University
Ina Jaffe, NPR
Sachin Jain, MD, MBA, SCAN Group and Health Plan
Scott Kaiser, MD, MPTF
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California; Filmmaker; Founder, The Representation Project
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Foundation for Art and Healing
Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, UCSF Health System
Sam Polk, Everytable
Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation
Sheila Shapiro, MBA, UnitedHealthcare
Trent Stamp, Eisner Foundation
Nora Super, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging
Laura Trejo, MSG, MPA, City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
Kim McCoy Wade, JD, California Department of Aging

With additional appearances from key leaders and influencers delivering messages on the critical importance of this work

INTRODUCTIONS by Bob Beitcher, President and CEO, MPTF, and Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging


Confronting Loneliness in a Turbulent World 
Acting now to prevent a social recession amidst the greatest health, economic, and social challenges of our time.

Kim McCoy Wade

Marc Freedman

Sachin Jain

Ina Jaffe

Identifying and Filling Loneliness Gaps Across California 
Government and non-profit roles and initiatives to increase opportunities for social connection among older adults

Laura Trejo

Donna Benton

Carla Perissinotto

Jennie Chin Hansen

Nora Super

Connecting the Dots – Social Prescribing, Social Justice, and Social Connection 
Exploring the intersection between social isolation and other social determinants of health; promising approaches to catalyze meaningful social connections while addressing fundamental inequities and building more resilient communities.

Tim Carpenter

Romilla Batra

Dora Hughs

Sheila Shapiro

Lisa Marsh Ryerson


Your donations at work: just $1 can support two hours of calls to isolated seniors made through the MPTF Call Hub.


A compelling roundtable including Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global; Founder, The Huffington Post. Listen > 

The Eisner Journal highlights MPTF’s Daily Call Sheet Program and their inspiration for making a grant of support. Read >

Read about the crisis, told in poignant detail in this article: Just What Older People Didn’t Need: More Isolation. Learn > 


As an organization that supports members of the entertainment industry community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, MPTF offers a unique voice and platform to improve awareness and accelerate opportunities for helping each other in times of need. MPTF has a long-standing commitment towards addressing loneliness and social isolation and is deeply involved in responding to the coronavirus pandemic on multiple fronts.


As a nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging is promoting evidence-based solutions and highlighting issues of importance to lessen the negative impact of COVID-19 on older adults and other at-risk populations.


NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a neuroscientist and social psychologist at Brigham Young University. Listen >

Meals on Wheels America and Caesars Foundation will host the National Social Isolation Summit on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Learn >