Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50 (AARP, 2012)

• Research related to isolation across multiple
disciplines, including the major gaps in our understanding of isolation, with a special focus on research related
to adults aged 50+.
• Synthesis of the literature, resulting in a unifying definition of isolation.
• Various measures and indicators of isolation and risk for isolation.
• Promising directions and needs for future research. (p1)

Bringing people together: How community action can tackle loneliness and social isolation

Being alone and feeling lonely are very different things. Research suggests that the subjective feeling of loneliness has a bigger negative impact on our health and wellbeing than objective isolation. The quality of our relationships is more important than the number of them.

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Scoping Review of the Literature: Social Isolation of Seniors (National Seniors Council, 2014)

Extracted from: The National Seniors Council; (

The National Seniors Council (NSC) was directed by Ministers in August 2013 to consult with representatives from the not-for-profit, public and private sectors—as well as seniors themselves—to assess how social isolation affects seniors and to explore ways to prevent and/or reduce it in Canada. To obtain a broader understanding of the phenomenon, a scoping review assessed relevant literature using the following research questions:

• How does social isolation affect seniors?
• What are the best practices and methods to prevent/reduce the social isolation of seniors in Canada?

Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors (National Seniors Council, 2014)

Extracted from: The National Seniors Council; (

The objective of this report is to share the input received through the National Seniors Council’s consultation efforts on the issue and provide advice in the form of suggested measures for federal consideration that could help to prevent and reduce social isolation of seniors in Canada.

The report is divided in three main sections:

• Consultation Process
• Consultation Highlights
• Suggested Measures

Loneliness and Isolation Evidence Review (Age UK)

Reviews evidence to underpin decision making and service planning to address loneliness and isolation among seniors. Presents a few typical examples of wholly or partially evaluated service models and aims to extract a few general points to allow the lessons leaned from these experiences to be available in planning new services.

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Ideas for Volunteering Roles in Health and Social Care: Supporting Older People Through Volunteering

Produced by Age UK, this guide looks at the breadth of volunteering roles that support older people in health and social care, and provides inspiration and advice to organisations and volunteering managers when thinking about what volunteers can do. It is not a comprehensive guide to volunteering good practice. All the roles in this guide are based on real-life examples.

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Seniors Loneliness and Social Isolation

This literature review from Community Development Halton in Ontario, reviews knowledge referring to the causes, risks factors, consequences and interventions that seek to address loneliness and social isolation in seniors, and identifies gaps.

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