Senior’s social isolation is a complex and extensive social problem. Programs such as New Horizons for Seniors help fund projects that provide a better understanding of isolation and what is required to identify and connect isolated seniors.
A recent report on social isolation in Hamilton provides a snapshot of some aspects of social isolation in Hamilton, such as the areas of the city with the highest numbers of older people, locations with higher rates of older people living alone, poverty rates and access to transportation. Being socially isolated is can a profound impact on cognitive health, use of social and health services, longevity and quality of life. Find out what six key things social relationships provide and why Hamilton should start to plan now for our growing aging population.
Hamilton Aging Together (founded in 2013) is an aging in community group of community-minded individuals, mostly between our mid50s and our mid80s, residing in the Hamilton area. We are committed to learn and inform others about housing alternatives and other mutual support strategies for maturing adults and seniors.
One of the main goals of the Hamilton Seniors Isolation Impact Plan (HSIIP) is connecting our city’s seniors with the health and community services they need, easily and quickly. Caredove is an interactive, one-stop web-based resource centre and easy referral system that links seniors and their advocates to community support services.
Social isolation among seniors and older people, both in Canada and in other countries with aging populations, has been recognized as a concern for several decades. But in spite of volumes of research across disciplines such as social work, medicine, psychology, and policy, there is still strikingly little consensus about how to best address social isolation among one of our most vulnerable populations.