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.