We all know human connection is critical to our well-being. We want to feel valued, worthy, accepted, included and loved. This is important at all stages of life.
Sadly, as we age, the risk of social isolation increases. About 24 percent of Canadians over 65 report feeling isolated from others and wish they could participate in more social activities.
It doesn’t need to be this way. We can work together towards a solution.
Each October, we run our Engage: End Isolation Campaign to help raise funds and awareness of social isolation. Subscribe below to be notified before our next campaign.
Individuals, government, organizations, researchers and businesses each have a role to play in helping to keep older adults socially engaged.
While some parts of the potential solution require government involvement (e.g. effective transportation systems), there are steps we can each take to improve the quality of life for ourselves, neighbours, friends and family members—simply staying connected with others is an excellent place to start.