Who’s at risk and what can be done about it? : a review of the literature on the social isolation of different groups of seniors.: Em12-26/2017E-PDF

"Canada’s population is aging rapidly as a growing proportion of baby boomers transition into their senior years. In this context, the issue of social isolation – which has profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of seniors from all walks of life – has come to occupy an increasingly important place in discussions on seniors and aging in Canada. It is estimated that up to 16% of seniors experience social isolation. Who’s at Risk and What Can Be Done About It builds on earlier work undertaken by the National Seniors Council (NSC) on the issue of the social isolation of seniors. Specifically, the current review looks at what the literature says about how different groups of vulnerable seniors are affected by social isolation and identifies promising interventions to tackle social isolation and reconnect seniors to their communities. The findings of the review are meant to be of interest to stakeholders working with seniors who are looking to increase their understanding of this complex, multifaceted issue. They are meant to inform the actions of the federal government, as well as other stakeholders such as researchers and frontline service providers. As such they complement suggestions for federal action on social isolation that were made in the National Seniors Council’s Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors. Given its complex societal nature, social isolation requires a multi-stakeholder approach; this review contributes to knowledge-mobilization efforts to support such an approach”--Executive summary, p. 1, 2.

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Department/Agency Canada. Employment and Social Development Canada.
National Seniors Council (Canada)
Title Who’s at risk and what can be done about it? : a review of the literature on the social isolation of different groups of seniors.
Variant title Review of the literature on the social isolation of different groups of seniors
Publication type Monograph
Language [English]
Other language editions [French]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Issued also in French under title: Qui est à risque et que peut-on faire à cet égard? Une revue de la littérature sur l’isolement social de différents groupes d’aînés.
Cover title.
"September 2016."
Includes bibliographical references.
Publishing information [Gatineau, QC] : Employment and Social Development Canada, [2017], c2016.
Description 50 p.
ISBN 978-0-660-07749-9
Catalogue number
  • Em12-26/2017E-PDF
Departmental catalogue number SSD-183-02-17E
Subject terms Seniors
Social conditions
Health impact
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