Social isolation: Are you at risk?

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Human beings are social animals. We live with others, we communicate with each other, and we support and cooperate with each other, which may have given us an evolutionary advantage. When a person doesn’t have others to be with, they become socially isolated, which is something older adults are at a greater risk of experiencing due to widowhood, smaller social networks, family moving away, aging siblings, and friends who have passed away.

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

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