Connecting seniors to reduce social isolation.

We’re working to create a community where seniors feel more supported, valued, respected and safe.

Imagine a more connected edmonton

Social isolation and loneliness are important social, health and quality of life issues. Seniors are especially at risk of being socially isolated or lonely because of a combination of factors such as life transitions, health challenges, and smaller social networks.

If you think you may be at risk, or someone you know may be at risk, learn to identify the signs of social isolation.

“Social isolation is one of the most devastating things you can do to a human being; it doesn’t matter how old you are.”

– Rosalind Wiseman

The Facts

In our survey of 724 Edmonton adults 55  years of age and older, results showed:

Almost 1 in 5 (17%)

seldom or never have someone they can count on

1 in 4 (26%)

want to be more active in their communities or every day life, but they do not want to go alone

Almost 1 in 4 (23%)

seldom or never have someone to give them advice in a crisis

Data Source: PEGASIS Population Baseline Survey of 724 adults aged 55+, March 2017, conducted by InsightsWest.

Our Bold Vision

Every senior has strong social connections

that support their health and wellness.

Our shared work will reduce seniors isolation

by increasing the number of low-resource seniors in Edmonton who:

Participate regularly in activities

Feel connected

Feel Valued

Have support and help

Social isolation is in part a reflection of the society we live in. It doesn’t necessarily happen by choice, and it’s not always easy to recognize or change.

We used to assume that losing our social networks and becoming socially isolated were part of growing older. Now we know that social supports and safe, healthy environments can foster older adults’ participating in their communities.

Social isolation is a complex issue and addressing it requires community involvement from multiple angles. By working together we will have a collective impact on reducing the social isolation of seniors.