Tackling the loneliness epidemic to promote better mental health

Wednesday 31st March
15:00 CET 14:00 BST 09:00 ET


Exploring the science of social connection and why it is integral to healthy ageing

We hear a lot about loneliness among older adults, usually accompanied by distressing imagery and a cry for help.

But loneliness doesn’t discriminate, and offering support is not a one-way street. And both giving support and receiving it comes with significant mental health benefits.

This session looks at emerging intergenerational businesses built around friendship, what they learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it influenced their businesses, and why friendship has such an important part to play in wider population health improvement.

  • Exploring the science of social connection and why it is integral to healthy ageing
  • A look at loneliness demographics and how they have evolved as a result of the pandemic
  • How did businesses based on friendship respond to the pandemic, and what did they learn along the way?
  • How to retain community spirit generated during the pandemic to help social connections thrive as life returns to normal


Catherine McClen, Founder, BuddyHub

Catherine McClen

Sanjay Lobo, Founder and CEO, onHand

Sanjay Lobo

Founder and CEO
Harish Malhi, Founder, Diaspo

Harish Malhi

Cynthia Bullock, Deputy Director, Healthy Ageing Challenge, UKRI

Cynthia Bullock

Deputy Director, Healthy Ageing Challenge

Part of The Healthspan Show

This session is part of The Healthspan Show taking place 10-14 May 2021

You can see the full agenda, speakers and partnering opportunities by downloading the brochure.