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Social isolation among seniors can lead to depression, dementia: study

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s a growing issue in this country: the social isolation of seniors.

The National Seniors Council looked into how isolation affects seniors in our country and has found it can lead to depression, increased vulnerability to elder abuse, dementia, and cognitive decline.

“One of the hardest things to do is to interfere in somebody’s life. But at the same time, we need to care about that individual,” says Lorraine Logan with the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC, who adds the holidays can be an especially hard time.

She says it can be as easy as knocking on your neighbour’s door to have a quick conversation.

“I think this is a personal, moral, and ethical responsibility as citizens,” she tells us.

The council believes the findings in this report will help the federal government better understand and address the needs of seniors.