On Wed. Oct. 11th at 12 noon EST Cheryl Forchuk of the Lawson Health Research Institute will be talking about a project testing TELEPROM-G on tablets which allowed participants to self-assess at home and communicate with their health care workers in "real-time" by video. Register here.
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.
Late in life immigrants are often at risk of psychological stress, and social isolation because of language barriers, small social networks, and cultural differences from their host society. It has been noted that the social networks of those who migrate late in life tend to be very limited. The present study suggests that better family relation, social networking, financial support, and accessing health care would be the key to address the problem.
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.
This Lived Experience Resource Exchange takes place every other month and is a summary of face to face conversations, one SE Ontario live (typed) chat conversation and one provincial live (typed) chat event. These conversations involved input from forty-one people from across all of South Eastern Ontario.
Social isolation can often pose serious health threats to the senior population, and it’s more common than most people may think. It’s important to foster an environment where seniors can stay socially engaged as they get older. Here are some ways to promote social health, connectedness and help seniors avoid social isolation.
The authors interviewed a stratified sample of 203 male prisoners over the age of 59 from 15 prisons in England and Wales to understand the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in this population. They found that the prevalence of depressive illness was five times greater in this population than what was found in studies of younger prisoners and elderly community members.