The authors undertook a scoping review focused on answering 5 questions related to population health patterns, health risks and ouctomes of ethnocultural older adults compared to other older adults, unmet health needs, health care service use and health promotion and disease prevention within the Canadian context.

Social isolation is a reality experienced by many seniors and particularly immigrant and refugee seniors. Even though it is not easy to recognize, it has significant health, social, and economic consequences. The Government of Canada has taken an active interest in the issue of social isolation as have provincial governments. At the community level, several organizations individually and in partnerships, have been actively engaged in offering programs and services to seniors at risk for social isolation.

Social isolation can often pose serious health threats to the senior population, and it’s more common than most people may think. It’s important to foster an environment where seniors can stay socially engaged as they get older. Here are some ways to promote social health, connectedness and help seniors avoid social isolation.

This chapter from the World Health Organizations publication “Prisons and Health” provides a global perspective to the challenges of caring for aging prisoners in correctional institutions. It reviews the issues of accelerated aging, multimorbidity, polypharmacy, falls, dementia, incontinence, sensory impairment, symptom burden, functional status and environment, mental health issues, end of life care and death and re-entry into the community.

This NHS paper gives an overview of health problems in older inmates, prison healthcare and particular health issues seen in this population. It also includes a section looking at older prisoners in Canada.

Want to know what Age Friendly is, or all about? Age Friendly Chatham-Kent presents this video to explain how and why all communities can benefit from developing policies and infrastructure that support healthy and active aging. Through our actions we aim to build a better more inclusive, respectful and accessible Chatham-Kent.

 

This pdf presentation and audio recording of a webinar hosted by the Canadian Gerontological Association, Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Health Human Resource Network reviews demographic and health, psychological and community level approaches to addressing social isolation in older adults.

This toolkit shares information on how home providers and home seekers have the ability to live in affordable, shared accomodateion inclusive of respce, choice and dignity and of mutual benefit to all.  

This resource is intended to help raise awareness of issues of senior abuse in the lives of senior Aboriginal women, their families and communities. It is meant to help promote the safety and well-being of our seniors and Elders, both women and men, and to honour them as they would be traditionally.

Hearing loss is an important health concern which is often unrecognized and undertreated. Hearing loss can have many emotional and social consequences including social isolation, depression, safety issues, mobility limitations and reduced income and employment opportunities. In older adults, hearing loss has also been shown to be associated with poor quality of life and functional limitations.

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