CFCC Research brief: Social isolation and the value of community connection (2016)
Social isolation is a complex issue linked to physical, emotional, and psychological well-being,and influenced by personal, community, and societal factors. It can be defined as a state inwhich an individual lacks engagement with others, has few social contacts, lacks quality andfulfillment in their relationships, and lacks a sense of belonging.
This research brief from Community Food Centres Canada brings together the latest research showing that social isolation has damaging impacts on health, well-being, and overall quality of life. Low-income people and seniors are among the most vulnerable to social isolation.Conversely, the power of community connection is proven to increase positive outcomes for mental health and physical well-being. This brief outlines the impact of social disconnection, eating alone, age and social determinants of health, and Community Food Centres Canada's own theory of change.