Senior Care

Seniors Social Isolation: Risks, Impact and Strategies

This session is intended for Caregivers, Patients, Professionals, Members of the General Public

Social isolation is a growing problem affecting older Canadians with serious implications for seniors, their families and the businesses and organizations they support/use. At an individual level measures can be taken to mitigate risk  factors and to enhance protective factors. However, many factors that contribute to social isolation cannot be addressed by individuals or single organizations alone and require a broad multi sectoral collaborative community response. In this presentation examples of socially innovative initiatives to increase seniors’ social inclusion will be highlighted.

The presentation will be followed by a question/answer period.

  1. Dr. MacCourt has a social work background and has worked with older adults in the community, long term care and acute care settings for many years as a clinical social worker. She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from University of Manitoba and a PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies) from University of Victoria. Her doctoral and post-doctoral studies have focused on aging, mental health and service delivery. Penny is a Research Affiliate with the Centre on Aging and an Adjunct Professor with the School of Social Work, Thompson Rivers University. She is a founding member of the BC Psychogeriatric Association and was appointed to the Seniors Advisory Committee to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.


  1. I am very interested in receiving a PDF copy of the Social Isolation webinar which was just completed and also the resource page that Penny mentioned. I did not see how I could download this and am wondering if it could be e-mailed to me? My e-mail is:


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