Community Connectors: Harnessing positive community energy to address social isolation and loneliness
Date: August 18, 2021 at 1:00pm ET
Description: Social isolation and loneliness among older adults has been described as a global epidemic by the US Surgeon general prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. It may impact one’s health and has been said to cost $1644 USD per person yearly in health care dollars. Systems are slowly realizing the importance of addressing this issue. To further guide decision makers, three components can be considered when setting policies aimed at assisting community members and developing interventions: interventions should be adaptable to local context, employ a community development approach and be productive in nature. The community of Fredericton, New Brunswick plans to build on momentum it has generated and develop its own Community Connector program to complement the many wonderful initiatives already in place.
Speaker: Lyne Ouellet, University of New Brunswick PhD candidate and Research Assistant at St. Thomas University