Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness in Community Exercise Programs for Seniors

Jiyoung Hwang, Lisa Wang, Charlotte Jones

Abstract


Social isolation is a growing problem in Canadian seniors. Social isolation and loneliness are related to negative health effects and increased morbidity and mortality. The majority of senior recreation programs and studies surrounding them focus on physical benefits, while ignoring the effects of the programs on social isolation and loneliness. Furthermore, not many community programs in Canada currently incorporate socialization sessions into exercise programs. This article attempts to highlight studies that focus on tackling the issue of social isolation and loneliness in traditional community senior exercise programs and the potential role of sustained socialization-based exercise programs on improving senior’s health.




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