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Older adults can experience negative health effects due to social isolation. (Shutterstock)

Online arts programming improves quality of life for isolated seniors

Social isolation in older adults can contribute to negative health outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, but an arts-based program can alleviate some of the loneliness.
A worker is seen cleaning surfaces inside Little Mountain Place, a not-for-profit long-term care home in Vancouver where dozens of residents have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Non-profit long-term care homes have lost too many residents to COVID-19

The failure of for-profit long-term care homes to protect residents during the pandemic is well-known. But non-profits also under-performed governments in preventing COVID-19 deaths.
Older racialized and low-income adults in rural British Columbia were initially left out of the media’s early COVID-19 coverage. (Shutterstock)

In early media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults in rural areas were neglected

Older adults in rural areas in Canada are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, including related ones like social connections and public health information outreach.
In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are ‘just winging it’ on potentially sensitive issues. (Shutterstock)

Seniors have a right to express their sexuality in long-term care homes, but staff need guidance

In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are ‘just winging it’ on potentially sensitive issues.
Isolation and segregation create and reinforce another kind of barrier to those with dementia: stigma. (Shutterstock)

How communities can fight the stigma that isolates people with dementia

‘Dementia friendly’ communities seek to support people with memory loss, recognize them as equals, celebrate their contributions and enable them to live with purpose in welcoming communities.
Older caregivers report unprecedented and unrelenting levels of responsibility, stress and isolation due to COVID-19 and pandemic-related protocols. (Shutterstock)

Older caregivers struggling with extra burdens of home care during COVID-19

Older adults who are caregivers to someone with a health condition or disability report severe and unrelenting levels of stress and isolation during COVID-19 due to pandemic-related protocols.
Residents of the remote town of Norris Point launched their own meals-on-wheels program to help the community cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roza Tchoukaleyska

Local meals-on-wheels program helps rural seniors cope with COVID-19 isolation

As the scale of the pandemic revealed itself in March, one small town in Newfoundland created a community-led meals-on-wheels to support its seniors.
People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term-care facility in Scarborough, Ont. on Dec. 29, 2020. This LTC home has been hit hard by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Enabling better aging: The 4 things seniors need, and the 4 things that need to change

Canadians are living longer, but are they living well? The challenges to aging well go beyond the problems in long-term care. Substantial change to Canada’s support service systems is long overdue.
Men in a league of senior hockey players show more concern about each other than the score of the game. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

For the love of the game: What old men’s hockey can teach young players

Canadians love hockey and many play the sport well into their senior years. A researcher who spent time with a Silver Skaters league found their unique love of the game could help younger players.

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