This paper analyses the views of refugees and migrants1 who participated in The Forum’s activities between September 2013 and June 2014, and finds that loneliness and isolation are the major challenges that they face in the UK. Loneliness is extremely prevalent among migrants and refugees. Feeling of loneliness is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and reduced quality of life.

Social isolation is a reality experienced by many seniors and particularly immigrant and refugee seniors. Even though it is not easy to recognize, it has significant health, social, and economic consequences. The Government of Canada has taken an active interest in the issue of social isolation as have provincial governments. At the community level, several organizations individually and in partnerships, have been actively engaged in offering programs and services to seniors at risk for social isolation.

AFC Communities in Western Ontario

Name of Committee: Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS)

Population: 233,222

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Want to know what Age Friendly is, or all about? Age Friendly Chatham-Kent presents this video to explain how and why all communities can benefit from developing policies and infrastructure that support healthy and active aging. Through our actions we aim to build a better more inclusive, respectful and accessible Chatham-Kent.

 

This pdf presentation and audio recording of a webinar hosted by the Canadian Gerontological Association, Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Health Human Resource Network reviews demographic and health, psychological and community level approaches to addressing social isolation in older adults.

Population: 18,801

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The goal of the committee is to elevate the profile, level of leadership and engagement of seniors in the community by:

AFC Communities in Central Ontario

Name of Committee: Durham Council on Aging

Population: 645,862

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The Centre for Studies in Aging and Health is pleased to share a copy of our January Research and Innovation in Aging Forum, Gazing Critically at Age-Friendly Communities on January 17th that was hosted at the Learning & Leadership Centre at Providence Care, 752 King St. W. Kingston, presented by Dr. Mark Rosenberg.  There is a pdf version available for review and a copy of the webinar recording available here.

The AFKCA is a community-based committee. The goal of the Alliance is to ensure Kingston is an age-friendly community that enables all citizens to live safely, age actively, maintain their health and participate fully in the community.

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care held an inperson and webinar presentation on Tues. Oct. 18th from 4-5pm by Sarah Webster, Knowledge Broker for the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Outreach Initiative and Dr. John Puxty, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Queen's University. 

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