Social isolation is measured by the quantity and quality of contacts, social roles and mutually rewarding relationships. Seniors who are socially isolated risk poorer health and earlier death than others. Connections are broken when partners, family and friends die, live far away or are otherwise unable to provide support. While social isolation impacts all age groups, seniors experience more difficulty overcoming barriers to making connections without skilled help.
Our vision is for seniors to have support and help when they need it, to be able to participate regularly in activities, to feel connected to family, friends and acquaintances, and to feel valued by people in their lives.