• Humans are social beings.

    We are designed to thrive in families, networks, and communities. Our well-being depends on feeling connected to others in meaningful ways. Unfortunately, many people experience the harmful consequences of becoming isolated. Social isolation is defined as a state of complete or near complete lack of contact between an individual and society. Isolation is OUT of a person's control. Why does it happen?

  • Risk Factors For Isolation

    include but are not limited to...

    Living Alone

    Moving to a new residence or community

    Small social network

    Being 80 or older

    Decline in physical health

    Decline in mental/cognitive health

    Loss of a life partner

    Sole care-provider for loved one

    Mobility restrictions

    Low income/poverty

    Dependencies/addictions

    Social exclusion (marginalization)

    Unemployment/under employment

    Lack of access to appropriate housing

    Language/cultural barriers with limited access to community supports and/or health services

    Lack of access to transportation

  • Consequences of Social Isolation

    Studies show that social isolation is a bigger health risk than inactivity, obesity, or smoking. Seniors suffering social isolation are also more likely to be abused.

    Drinking

    Poor Sleep

    Falls

    Hospitalization

    Depression

    Dementia

    Reduced quality of life

    Caregiver burnout

    Chronic disease

    Mortality

    Drug dependency

    Smoking

    Sedentary

    Weight loss

    Suicide

    Poor general health

  • Resources

    To learn more about social isolation and how you can help...