Age Boom Academy: Combatting Loneliness in Aging - Toward a 21st Century Blueprint for Societal Connectedness

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism will host the Age Boom Academy: "Combatting Loneliness in Aging: Toward a 21st Century Blueprint for Societal Connectedness" in New York City, from June 10-12, 2021. This signature press training program is co-led by Columbia faculty members Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, and Bruce Shapiro. The call for applicants has ended but if you are a staff journalist or editor working at radio or television outlets or for a major newspaper and wish to be considered for the waitlist, please email program director Caitlin Hawke, Senior Science and Strategy Officer, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center:

Journalists will be convened with leading-edge loneliness and aging science researchers for an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop to learn how to effectively translate science into accessible reporting on the complex issues of the effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and in aging.

This project was made possible by a generous grant from RRF Foundation for Aging and a gift from the AARP Foundation. More information at