Social isolation is a growing problem in Canada, and our seniors are especially vulnerable. Risk factors include the following:
- living alone (after the death of a spouse, for example)
- poor health
- language barriers
- lack of access to services and other supports
There are currently almost 12,000 isolated seniors in the Greater Hamilton region, and they are the primary focus of the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP).
The project will initially focus on at-risk seniors in target neighbourhoods and hospitals. Our team will work to connect individuals in need with existing services and social opportunities across the Greater Hamilton area.
Our long-term goal is twofold:
- to measurably reduce social isolation among seniors, and
- to build our community’s capacity to identify, reach, and connect isolated seniors—preventing isolation in the future.
Are you isolated or know an isolated senior?
A variety of materials from the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging can be found below, including policy briefs, blog posts, tool kits, journal articles, conference contributions, project success stories, and more.
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