Linking Lives: Disrupting the Cycle of Social Isolation

Lecture with Karen Fredriksen Goldsen

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

Pre-registration for this program has reached capacity. Standby tickets may be available the day of the program on a space-available basis. Please read our full ticketing policy below.

Loneliness is as much a hazard to human health as smoking or obesity, leading to cardiovascular disease, poor mental and physical health, and early death. Social isolation in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, creating a largely invisible public health crisis for an aging population with few resources that address it. In this presentation, Professor Karen Fredriksen Goldsen will share her landmark research on aging LGBTQ adults, who have historically experienced significant social restrictions, and discuss how those findings can provide effective alternatives for anyone living in isolation.

About the Presenter

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, is a social work professor and director of the Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. She is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing issues of health equity, disparities, resilience, aging and well-being among at-risk populations. She is the principal investigator for Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study, as well as multiple federally funded studies that identify factors accounting for health trajectories in vulnerable communities, including LGBTQ older adults. Based on the findings of this research, she is developing and testing innovative solutions to complex social problems, including social isolation. Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen is author of more than 100 publications in leading journals as well as three books. Her research has been cited by top news sources such as the New York Times, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, NBC News, Forbes, and more than 50 international news outlets.

Presented in partnership with the UW School of Social Work.


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On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets will be available at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium.

  • Tickets for Members may be picked up beginning one hour before the program.
  • Pre-registered tickets for nonmembers may be picked up beginning 30 minutes before the program.
  • Standby vouchers will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis starting 1 hour prior to program and redeemed on a space-available basis 10 minutes prior to the program.
  • All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.