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In the era of physical distancing it is all the more important to have social connections

The Importance of Socializing for Older Adults

The physical distancing associated with COVID-19 Is having a negative effect on the mental and physical health of older adults across the province of SK.

The stress caused by the pandemic and the physical distancing—for an unknown length of time—makes mental health a priority response to this pandemic. Researchers have suggested that psychosocial supports “should be integrated into general pandemic healthcare”.

There are a variety of options to provide social support networks and to foster a sense of belonging for older adults in Saskatchewan. 

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Virtual social connection interventions are strongly rooted in science and have been shown to improve mental and physical health for older adults. 

For information on supports for older adults from the Government of Canada, click here.

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