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The Experience of Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Men in Manitoba, January 2003, by Madelyn Hall, Betty Haven, and Gina Sylvestre, Aging in Manitoba Study, University of Manitoba.


Social Isolation and Loneliness

Being alone and being lonely are not the same. The term "social isolation" is not a matter of numbers:  it is not a matter of how many people an older individual is in regular contact with (which is what a lot of the gerontology research tends to focus on). Instead social isolation tends to refer to a lack of meaningful relationships.

Some older adults have been loners all their lives, and by personality, inclination or experience may prefer it that way. Others may have lost their social skills over time. For many older widowers, their wife was their main relationship and their "social connector" and when she died, those other ties that she sustained became lost too.


Researchers in Manitoba published a report looking at social isolation and older men The researchers looked at the findings from a provincial longitudinal survey on aging and asked service providers and seniors in focus groups about their experiences and ideas about social isolation. Here are some highlights from the Manitoba report:













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