Social Isolation as a Barrier to Healthy Aging

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Social Isolation Toolkit and Resources

Keeping older people socially connected and active has become the number one emerging issue facing seniors in Canada, finds a 2012 report from the International Federation of Aging.

Social isolation can be twice as deadly as obesity; it’s as big a killer as diabetes; and it hikes the risk of dementia by 64 percent, concludes André Picard in All the Lonely People, UC Observer, June 2016.

A 2014 National Seniors Council Report on the social isolation of seniors determined that older Canadians are at increased risk for social isolation when:

  • Living alone;
  • Being age 80 or older;
  • Having compromised health status, including having multiple chronic health problems;
  • Having no children or contact with family;
  • Lacking access to transportation;
  • Living with low income;
  • Changing family structures, younger people migrating for work and leaving seniors behind, and location of residence (e.g. urban, rural and remote); and
  • Critical life transitions (e.g. retirement).

We have compiled a list of available resources and information that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the issues related to social isolation in seniors.