Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Connecting with Socially Isolated Seniors: A Service Provider's Guide

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Connecting with Socially Isolated Seniors: A Service Provider's Guide

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Connecting with Socially Isolated Seniors: A Service Provider's Guide Osage P, McCall M. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press, 2012; 127 pp, US $32.95.

This text is a guide for working with older adults who may reside in a supportive housing environment. Osage and McCall (2012), a practitioner and a researcher, blend their knowledge to provide insights into a study conducted over a two-year period on Satellite Housing in the United States. The sample was comprised of Spanish, English and Chinese residents. The authors defined "socially isolated" as those individuals who usually stayed in their apartments.

Chapter 1 and the preface frame how the study was conducted as well as the concept of Aging in Place. Chapter 2 reminds professionals to place themselves in the shoes of the people they will be working with. The authors provide the reader with a risk factor checklist for social isolation. In Chapters 3 to 13, they provide findings of their study that frame the discussion related to the potential risk factors for social isolation. Each chapter provides the reader with tips on how to help in regard to the potential risk factors that may lead to "social isolation": Health and Disabilities; Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Health; Intimate Partnerships; Gender; and Language and Culture, among others. Chapter 14 provides insights into potential ideas for action ranging from civic engagement to the role of technology in being connected to others. …

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