As Canada’s baby-boomers head into retirement over the next two decades, social isolation is expected to be an increasingly pressing seniors’ issue—an issue that touches on a range of policy areas such as healthy ageing, income security, care-giving, and elder abuse.
Approximately 4.8 million Canadians are currently 65 years old or older. In the next 25 years, that number is estimated to double to almost nine million people, representing one quarter of the population.
In light of this, the National Senior’s Council (NSC) has made social isolation and its effect on seniors a new focus of study for 2013/14 with the aim of finding ways to prevent and reduce its incidence.
“Social isolation affects the health and well-being of seniors,” Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, said in a recent statement. “That’s why it’s so important to address this issue by listening to seniors and consulting with key players from the non-profit, public, and private sectors.”
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