Provincial government policies and funding impact how seniors’ issues such as social isolation are addressed. Ask candidates you’re speaking to if they have a plan to ensure socially isolated seniors or those at risk of isolation are connected and supported.
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council’s Seniors’ Issues Primer provides background on key issues affecting seniors to help you ask informed questions. One of the issues highlighted is social isolation.
Did you know?
- An increasing number of seniors are experiencing, or are at risk of, social isolation.
- Socially isolated persons lack social contacts, social roles, and mutually rewarding relationships.
- Life transitions, health challenges, and smaller social networks put seniors especially at risk.
- Being a newcomer immigrant and refugee senior, living on low income, and caregiving are risk factors.
- Isolated seniors are at increased risk of dementia, depression, and anxiety.
- If left unaddressed, isolation can result in vulnerability and a need for medical intervention.
- Community-based organizations help to ensure that seniors’ basic needs are being met so that they are better able to engage socially.
Solutions that the provincial government can implement
- Support community-based organizations to identify seniors at risk and help seniors navigate systems.
- Support efforts to prevent social isolation to help reduce costs on the acute health care system.
If elected, what will you do to ensure socially isolated seniors or those at risk of isolation are connected and supported?