Suffering in Silence: Solving Seniors Isolation in BC
Social isolation among seniors is correlated to the development of chronic illnesses such as lung disease, arthritis and impaired mobility. Research also shows that increased loneliness can lead to depression, as well as cognitive decline and an increased risk of dementia. Along with increased risks of mental and physical illness, social isolation may increase vulnerability leading to elder abuse and the development of addictions.
Given the physical and mental challenges faced with seniors isolation, the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) has attempted to address this issue, as outlined in a 2017 BCCPA report, by advocating for the creation of a Seniors Quality of Life Fund to increase access to social and adult day programs for seniors in long-term care and in the community. Likewise, in December 2017 the BCCPA launched a media campaign, with ads broadcasted on major BC radio stations to give seniors the “gift of time” during the holiday season particularly reminding people to take time out of their busy holiday schedules to visit seniors in their homes.
Along with discussing the challenges of seniors isolation, this Care to Chat, which will feature leading continuing care experts from BC, will highlight ways to address this important issue within the sector.
This is the final Care to Chat of the 2017/18 season.
Friday March 2nd 2018
Terminal City Club
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Click here to register before February 23 2018.
The SafeCare BC Annual General Meeting immediately precedes this event from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Click here to register.
MOC Category II Credits
MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 2 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.
Thank you to our Care to Chat sponsors.