Fall 2020

Generations Journal | Volume 44 . Issue 3

About Generations Journal

Generations Journal is the quarterly journal of the American Society on Aging. Each issue is devoted to bringing together the most useful and current knowledge about a specific topic in the field of aging, with emphasis on practice, research, and policy.

Inside Fall 2020 Generations

Come Together: Preventing Social Isolation and Loneliness

Our Guest Editors

Robin Caruso
Robin Caruso 
Jennie Byrne
Jennie Byrne


The Big Picture: Defining the Problem and Posing Solutions

Healthcare’s Responsibility: Reduce Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults
By Robin Caruso, Shaden Marzouk, Serena Foong, and Vivek Garg

Science Into Practice: Effective Solutions for Social Isolation and Loneliness
By Julianne Holt-Lundstad, Ryan Layton, Bonnie Barton, and Timothy B. Smith

The Role of Early-Life Trauma in Social Isolation
By Donna Benton and Elizabeth S. Avent

Seeking a Sense of Belonging
By Elena Portacolone, Julene K. Johnson, Jodi Halpern, and Ashwin Kotwal

Interventions that Work to Stem the Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness
By Sheldon Zinberg and Mike Merino Making

Making that Critical Connection
By L. Carter Florence and Lowell Goodman

Designing a New Social Infrastructure to Combat Loneliness in Aging Adults
By Linda P. Fried

Act Locally: Solutions at the Microlevel that Could Be Scaled

Partnering with Community Organizations to Address Older Adult Loneliness
By Jeremy Nobel and Amy Poueymirou

Preventing Social Isolation with Door-to-Door Transport
By Craig Puckett

Battling Loneliness: The American Geriatrics Society’s CoCare Program
By Benjamin K. I. Helfand, Margaret Webb, Sharon K. Inouye, and Sarah L. Gartaganis

Staving off Loneliness, with a Social Robot?
By Danielle Ishak

Using Comedy Care to Curb Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults
By Dani Klein Modisett