An Integrated Way to Address Health & Social Needs of Older Adults During COVID-19 & Beyond

August 2020 blog post by Sonia Hsiung. Across the world, the experience of being quarantined at home, alongside images of families desperate to connect across the glass of long-term care homes and the sounds of neighbours singing across the balconies of small apartments, have reminded societies of the mental and physical strain of social isolation, and our profound biological and social need for human connection.

Connectedness, Purpose, and Belonging: Role of Social Prescribing in Integrating Health Care and Social Supports

April 29, 2020. Sonia Hsiung describes an initiative aimed at improving health outcomes for marginalized and socially isolated people and reducing health systems utilization by creating a clinical pathway between mainstream health systems and community and voluntary supports, which has shown promising results and galvanized wide interest nationally.

To Everything There is a Season: Reflections from Hamilton and Ottawa on Sustaining Social Inclusion Initiatives in the Community

November 20, 2019. Bonnie Schroeder and Pat Spadafora explore concepts of isolation and inclusion, discuss grassroot and system/policy approaches to sustain the activities and outcomes, and reflect on lessons learned, opportunities and challenges from each community.

Connecting With Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion

April 24, 2018. Bonnie Schroeder reviews why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude, Rachel Sutcliffe presents findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”, and Nancy Angus describes the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program.