A Solitary Problem, but a Bridge of Solutions: addressing the epidemic of loneliness and social isolation in older adults

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Cindy Calderon - Mount royal University
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In 2020, Cindy Calderon, a nursing student at Mount Royal University in Calgary completed interviews with Indigenous elders, Sri Lankan elders, and nursing school faculty to gain insight about their perceptions of older adult loneliness and resiliency. This project also included a survey of front-line healthcare providers’ perceptions on the topic and these professionals’ confidence in their ability address this issue with older patients. The project concluded with a community conversation among health and social service providers. The results from this project highlight the importance of collaboration between the community-based seniors serving sector and health care system.

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Also view related graphic story telling project on Older Adult loneliness and isolation and how to create meaningful change within the Calgary Community HERE

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