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Social Isolation: A community conversation guide

Topics: Care Team Development, COVID-19, Dementia

Many communities pride themselves on the generosity and caring nature of their citizens. Neighbours supporting neighbours. But what happens when an older adult is less connected and unable to access community supports and resources?

From adult recreation centres, faith communities, senior associations, emergency services, to hairdressers, bank tellers and grocery store clerks, we all have a role to play in supporting our community and making a difference in someone’s life.

The Supporting Your Neighbours: A conversation guide, which is available in English, French and a version specific to Woolwich Township, is for anyone who interacts with or knows an older adult who may be experiencing social isolation. The guide provide information about social isolation and its impacts, what to look out for, how to start a conversation with someone who may be experiencing social isolation, and more.

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This resource was developed by the Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) Program at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). This resource is possible because of funding provided by the RTOERO Foundation. A huge thank you to our community partners and focus group members for their knowledge of the community and continued efforts to support older adults and their care partners.

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