Social isolation in seniors evaluation project in the Leader Post
November 9, 2016Recently, SPHERU researcher Dr. Bonnie Jeffery provided some insight into a current project on evaluating social isolation in Saskatchewan seniors for the Leader-Post.
The article entitled "Researchers look at effectiveness of programs to reduce senior isolation in Sask.," focused on the Enhancing Information Access for Rural and Urban Seniors initiative and how it will see project lead Dr. Bonnie Jeffery, along with Dr. Tom McIntosh and Dr. Nuelle Novik working with Saskatchewan agencies to evaluate programs to reduce social isolation in seniors.
The article went on to say how the SPHERU team will be working with the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan and Canadian Red Cross to determine the effectiveness of certain programs for rural and urban seniors.
For example, the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan will create a dementia help line for families and friends affected by the disease, and also match people with dementia with friends in their communities, the article explains.
The initiative has received $504,241 from the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program during the course of the next three years.
“The whole collection of these projects is really about addressing the contribution that older adults continue to make as they age and the supports that they need to be able to stay in their communities,” Dr. Jeffery said.
Dr. Jeffery added that the study will draw attention to seniors living within urban centres while highlighting needs of rural and French speaking seniors.
Find the full article on the Leader-Post website, here.