Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors/Connecting Edmonton Seniors
By addressing a range of factors that may lead to social isolation, the PEGASIS/Connecting Edmonton Seniors initiative promoted healthy connections and built networks among seniors, caregivers, and communities. While funding for this initiative has ended, stakeholders continue to collaborate through the Stewardship Round Table, a network of experts within Edmonton's seniors serving network to address complex issues impacting older Edmontonians, including isolation.
View the summary report of this initiative for more information: PEGASIS/Connecting Edmonton Seniors Summary Report (Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, 2021)
This Journey Map illustrates the many factors that can lead to isolation and what is needed to overcome them. Key factors were identified through in-depth interviews with seniors and seniors organization staff members involved in the PEGASIS project.
Outreach Toolkit (manual, interview guide, resource list, and collaborative case management process) developed for support workers who do outreach to isolated and at-risk seniors in Edmonton (ESCC, updated 2017)
This connecting the dots tool provides information about how to identify signs of isolation in older adults and how to connect them.
This conversation starters resource provides talking points to understand if someone may be experiencing isolation.
A report, The Social Isolation of Indigenous Seniors, offers a snapshot of how social isolation impacts Indigenous older adults (Age Friendly Edmonton, Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council & the Edmonton Social Planning Council, 2019)
A report, The Age of Wisdom: Giving Voice to Edmonton’s Immigrant Seniors and Identifying Their Needs, highlights the importance of diversity supports to promote inclusion among immigrant, refugee, and newcomer seniors (Age Friendly Edmonton, Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, City of Edmonton & Zenev and Associates, 2015)