Is someone I know at Risk?

Social isolation rarely happens because of just one life event or situation. Many factors contribute to an increase in the risk of social isolation for seniors:

  • Living alone
  • Lack of participation in social activities
  • Poor health and mobility
  • Financial challenges
  • Lack of accessible, affordable transportation
  • Life transitions such as retirement or loss of a spouse
  • Providing care to a partner, parent or friend
  • Unstable/insecure housing situation
  • Language barriers
  • Societal barriers such as ageism and lack of opportunities for seniors to contribute
  • Inequality (racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ)
  • Abuse

The following assessment can help you identify if someone you know may be at risk of social isolation.

Is someone I know at risk of social isolation?

Are they content with their friendships and relationships?


Do they have enough people they feel comfortable asking for help at any time?


Are they as socially and physically active as they want to be?


Do they have the resources they need to do the things they want to do?


If you answered “No” to any of these questions, the person you know may be at risk of becoming socially isolated.

If you want to learn more, the following assessments offer additional ways of looking at loneliness and social isolation.

If you feel that someone you know may be socially isolated, there are several ways you can find support: