Social Isolation and Loneliness – Older Adults and Care Partners

Clinical Guidelines

Discover the first guidelines on social isolation and loneliness in older adults.

For Health Care Professionals

Find clinical tools and resources to support your patients or clients.

Key Findings

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Working together, we can address the risk by building social connections.

Growing older brings many transitions. Older adults may face feelings of isolation or loneliness that can have an impact on their mental or physical health. However, these are not inevitable parts of aging. Increasingly, staying connected is seen as vital for maintaining mental and physical health as we age.

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Social Connections and Healthy Aging - Information about social isolation and loneliness

Not sure where to begin?

It’s important to be aware of how we may be at risk of becoming socially isolated or lonely. It’s also important to know how the people we know—spouses, partners, friends, family, neighbours, community members, and professional care partners—may face these challenges.

Download our brochure to learn more about social isolation and loneliness in older adults and share it with your colleagues, friends and family.

9 Helpful resources for care partners

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Discover additional resources that can help you or a loved one understand social isolation and loneliness.

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Discover key takeaways presented in the clinical guidelines

Want to know more about key information presented in the recent Canadian Clinical Guidelines on Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults? Print this resource to have the information on hand during your next visit with a health care or social service provider. You can also learn about important recommendations for health care professionals here.

Social Isolation and Loneliness - Risk Factors info sheet

Learn more about the risk factors associated with social isolation and loneliness

Drawn from the guidelines, this infographic is a helpful at-a-glance information sheet about the risk factors and groups associated with a greater risk of social isolation and loneliness.

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.

Read our Global Heroes article

Read the article which outlines the extent and risks related to social isolation among older adults.

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