SASKATCHEWAN – Researchers look at effectiveness of programs to reduce senior isolation

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October 31, 2016 10:30 am

You can’t stop yourself growing old and with that can come the possibility of social isolation. University of Regina researchers have joined with organizations in the province to evaluate the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing social isolation of urban and rural seniors.

“The whole collection of these projects is really about addressing the contribution that older adults continue to make as they age and the supports that they need to be able to stay in their communities,” said Bonnie Jeffery, professor in the faculty of social work at the U of R and project lead.

The evaluation will see U of R researchers — Jeffery along with Tom McIntosh and Nuelle Novik — who are all members of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, working with the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan and Canadian Red Cross to evaluate programs the organizations are running for seniors.

“The goal here is to invest funds for specific projects and then to really see what effect they have had on reducing social isolation for seniors,” Jeffery said.

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