On March 08, 2018 the Seniors as Mentors and Leaders Project* hosted a community event called Taking the “I” out of Isolation at the Sunbridge Hotel & Conference Centre in Cambridge. This event was held to explore the causes and impacts of social isolation among older adults and the kinds of work being done to address social isolation among this population.
*The Seniors as Mentors and Leaders Project was funded by the Government of Canada and delivered in partnership by the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries (SPCCND); the Cambridge Council on Aging; the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank; and Housing Cambridge.
Approximately 175 people were in attendance, including older adult community members and representatives from organizations that support older adults. The event included a keynote presentation by Rachel Weldrick, a PHD candidate in McMaster University's Health, Aging and Society program who is currently engaged in research to understand isolation in urban settings. It also included live music from members of the Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Music Association, and a panel of professionals whose work supports seniors and addresses social isolation. Click here for an event program with bios for each of our speakers, panelists and entertainers.
The SPCCND would like to take this opportunity to thank all speakers, panelists, and entertainers for their involvement at this event. We would also like to thank attendees for their participation at the event and their continued support for the older adult population.
Click the following video for the full keynote presentation given by Rachel Weldrick at Taking the "I" out of Isolation.
You can also click here to download a copy of Rachel's PowerPoint presentation.
Click the following video for the full panel discusion from Taking the "I" out of Isolation.
The panel was moderated by Rachel Weldrick and included panelists Linda Flemming, June Anderson, Heather Thompson and Margaret Denton.
Click here for highlights of the evaluation survey results.