Social isolation of seniors - Volume 1: Understanding the issue and finding solutions

This volume is the first of two documents produced by the Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors to help organizations and individuals approach the social isolation of seniors. It updates and builds upon to Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs, and Policies (2007),11 also produced by the Forum.

The purpose of this volume is to:

  1. Raise awareness about social isolation among seniors;
  2. Introduce some useful concepts related to social innovation; and
  3. Show how social innovation can help to address social isolation in Canadian communities through examples.

A complementary document, Volume II: Ideas Exchange Event Toolkit presents tools to help individuals and organizations develop lasting community partnerships to reduce the social isolation of seniors.