eFit – HCP: Loneliness & Social Isolation

Social isolation is the objective physical separation from other people (living alone). Loneliness is the subjective distressed feeling of being alone or separated. It’s possible for a person to feel lonely while among other people, and a person can be alone yet not feel lonely. (1)

Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS-6):
Instructions    eForm    Print Form

Campaign to End Loneliness Measurement:
Link (Page 11)

Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support:

UCLA Loneliness Scale:

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Reading List: Social Capital & Older Age
Reading List: Social Isolation in Later Life
Reading List: Social Isolation, Older Adults and COVID-19

Addressing Social Isolation among Immigrant and Refugee Seniors (Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit):
Environmental Scan
Holidays Can Be A Lonely Time for Isolated Seniors (The Oldish):
The Brain and Social Connectedness: GCBH Recommendations on Social Engagement and Brain Health (Global Council on Brain Health):
This is How it Feels to be Lonely: A Report on Migrants and Refugees’ Experiences with Loneliness in London (The Forum):
A toolkit on how to implement social prescribing (WHO):

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