Understanding Social Isolation and Loneliness
Understanding Social Isolation and Loneliness



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This educational PowerPoint presentation is intended to be used as a training resource and can be reviewed individually or as part of a group training session. This training module covers the concepts of social isolation and loneliness, how they differ and how they interact, and includes concepts and models that contribute to an understanding of how social isolation and loneliness impact older immigrants. This resource will also encourage you to discuss how this all relates back to your organization.

This resource is included in the Social Isolation and Loneliness Toolkit, created by the Centre for Elder Research in Oakville ON, Canada. The Toolkit is part of a research project titled “Building Connected Communities: improving Community Supports to Reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation in Immigrants 65+”. The research focused on exploring strategies to effectively reach out to, and support, older immigrants who may be experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, social isolation and/or loneliness.


Note: This project was conducted from 2015-19. The Social Isolation and Loneliness Toolkit was published in 2019.

The research team made every effort to ensure information was accurate as of the time of publication, but please be aware that some of the information may have changed or may be out of date if accessed in the years following that. The inclusion of any agency or service in this toolkit does not constitute an endorsement of the service.

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social isolation, loneliness, older adult, immigrant, connected communities, immigration, settlement, community development, training, toolkit, resource, Canada, Ontario, Halton, Peel


Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Gerontology | Health Services Research | Social Work

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This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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