Social isolation

The #UNIGNORABLE issue

Social inclusion helps people feel accepted in their community and able to contribute meaningfully to society. It impacts their overall well-being; in fact, people with strong social connections are healthier and live longer than those who feel isolated.

Social isolation has serious physical, mental, and emotional consequences. People who are socially isolated are at a higher risk of developing health problems, slipping into poverty, facing mental health challenges, and having their quality of life reduced. This has dire consequences for the individuals, and for society.

Statistics show that seniors, immigrants, refugees, and people with disabilities are more likely than the general population to lack positive social ties and become socially isolated.

United Way’s social isolation strategy supports programs and initiatives that help individuals build meaningful relationships and feel more included in the social life of their communities. The strategy focuses on creating more opportunities to participate in the community, forming new social networks, and establishing inclusive communities and environments where people live, play, and work.

United Way is partnering with The City of Calgary and the Rotary Clubs of Calgary on a ground-breaking Community Hubs initiative to create stronger, more inclusive neighbourhoods throughout our city. Learn more.

1 in 3 Calgarians don’t feel they belong in their community.

Almost 1 in 4 Calgary seniors live alone.

People with stronger social connections have a 50% increased chance of a longer life.

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