New Interactive Resource for Older Adults Reducing the Risk of Social Isolation

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
Description / Summary

In 2017, Statistics Canada reported that 1 in 5 older adults are lonely, felt they lack company, felt abandoned or isolated.

By taking this short, interactive lesson, you will learn the answers to the following questions:

  • What are the risk factors for social isolation?
  • Are there specific groups of people who are at greater risk?
  • What role does a person's mobility play?
  • What physical and social activities should you be doing?
  • How can technology be used to expand your social network?
  • How do age-related conditions such as hearing loss, loss of speech, fear of falling, and incontinence impact a person's ability to participate in social activities?

Meet Zara, discover her risk factors, and learn what changes they made to reduce their risk of social isolation.

(Estimated time to complete - 20 minutes)