Social isolation: what is it and why is it important to your health?

Media outlets from around the world continue to report on the ‘loneliness epidemic’ as a major risk to optimal health.  Mounting research evidence confirms that social connections are a fundamental human need – crucial to both wellbeing and survival. Loneliness and social isolation are linked to depression, cognitive decline, decreased mobility and early death.  Many people feel lonely and lose social connections as they age.

If you feel lonely, you are not alone.

Read these amazing resources on the topic of social isolation, including evidence-based insights and tips around the importance of social engagement: https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/hitting-the-headlines/detail/hitting-the-headlines/2017/08/17/the-loneliness-epidemic

A reminder that West Toronto Support Services also provides Friendly Visiting. Our wonderful volunteers provide social visits to older adults who are isolated and have little or no opportunity to participate in activities outside their home.

And did you know Seniors can volunteer WTSS? Your investment of time and talent is needed and will be immensely valued. Read our previous blog post here and learn about what volunteering can do: https://wtss.org/2015/10/26/did-you-know-seniors-can-volunteer-wtssorg/


A Community News blog post

West Toronto Support Services writes articles about events and news in the community that closely align with our agencies mission of living independently and promoting your health & wellness.   Articles posted under community news don’t necessarily mean we directly endorse them – they are articles of interest that you can pursue further.   We believe a healthy community is a diverse and connected community!

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