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Tuesday, September 18 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Risk of Social Isolation among adults aged 65 years and over, by State and County, American Community Survey 2012-2016

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Social isolation is an absence of meaningful social relationships, which can negatively impact health and well-being. It is measured and defined in a variety of ways reflecting the complexity of the individual, community and societal interactions. Despite the vast amount of literature and research on this topic, no single state-level measure of social isolation exists. We created a multi-factorial measure of risk for social isolation informed by AARP’s framework and a literature review. We included six factors for adults aged 65 and older in our risk of social isolation measure using American Community Survey 5 year estimates, 2012-2016. Prevalence estimates of our six selected risk factors are reported by state. The overall risk is presented as a percentile based on the mean of z-scores for six risk factors for social isolation in adults aged 65 and over. Quintile maps are used to display the percentiles by state and county. Risk of social isolation varies widely by state with a concentrated area of high risk from the mid-South through the Appalachian Mountain states. Risk of social isolation by county shows high risk areas in central southern states, along the southeast Atlantic coast and in pockets of Texas, New Mexico, and California.  Our new measure of risk of social isolation permits states and counties to explore the extent and variation of the risk and to evaluate its use for targeting public and private programs to address risk factors for social isolation.

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Laura Houghtaling

Senior Epidemiologist, Arundel Metrics

Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm CDT
Heritage Gallery
  MEASURE, Health & Wellbeing
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

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