• About a million Canadian seniors describe themselves as lonely or socially isolated.
• Social isolation and loneliness can affect both the physical and mental health of an older person.
• Associated health and emotional problems that eventually can force a person to the emergency room.
• Loneliness has been linked to an earlier death for those affected.
With our aging population, this problem will only increase unless more is done to address these issues. Canadians of all ages need to become aware of the impact of loneliness and social isolation on their family, friends and neighbours and take action. Get involved. Learn more about this Multicultural, Multi-faith and Intergenerational Day of Sharing (PDF document).