On October 1st, International Day of Older Persons, take a few minutes to connect with a senior who may be lonely or isolated.
Loneliness and social isolation are major social, health and quality of life issues for older people. We hear regularly about how our population is aging and how the number of Canadians 65+ will likely double over the next 25 years. But what we don’t hear about as often is how so many older people are isolated and rely on a pet or TV for companionship. The goal of the RISE campaign is to help Canadians of all ages, cultures and regions become aware of the possible impact of loneliness and social isolation on their older family members, friends and neighbours – and to take action.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Canada, nearly a million seniors are socially isolated and don’t participate frequently in any social activity.
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