Social Isolation Among Seniors: An Emerging IssuePublish date: March 2004
Source: Children's, Women's and Seniors Health Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Health
Topics: Social Isolation
Social integration and participation of older adults in society are frequently seen as indicators of productive and healthy aging and it is widely accepted that social support has a strong protective effect on health. However, an increasing amount of seniors may be at risk of being socially isolated or lonely. This may be due to a number of factors such as increased likelihood of living alone, death of family members or friends, retirement or poor health. With current trends such as encouraging seniors to live longer at home or in the community, a highly mobile society and fewer children per family, the issue of social isolation takes on a new importance.