Social Isolation and Loneliness – Clinical Guidelines

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Canadian Clinical Guidelines on Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults

Discover the very first Canadian guidelines on social isolation and loneliness!

These guidelines were developed for health care and social service professionals. The purpose of these guidelines is to empower and support clinicians in their work with older adults who may be at risk of or already experiencing the health impacts of social isolation and loneliness. These guidelines will help providers recognize, assess and treat isolation and loneliness among older adults. Our literature review indicates that these clinical guidelines are also the first of their kind to be developed internationally.

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Read the press release (February 28, 2024)

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Social Isolation and Loneliness - What healthcare and social service professionals should know

Key takeaways from the guidelines


Looking for a quick summary about key information presented in the clinical guidelines for social isolation and loneliness? Print this infosheet for your office and share it with your colleagues.


Read our article on social isolation and loneliness

Read the Op-Ed written by Dr. David Conn, CCSMH Co-chair and Claire Checkland, CCSMH Executive Director.

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We developed a variety of clinical tools and resources to support action across health and social professional fields and for older adults and care partners. Learn more about social isolation and loneliness in older adults:

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