Social Participation


“Participating in leisure, social, cultural and spiritual activities in the community, as well as with the family, allows older people to continue to exercise their competence, to enjoy respect and esteem, and to maintain or establish supportive and caring relationships” (WHO)



Having opportunities for social interaction and community involvement is important at any age. Older adults are often at greater risk for social isolation, particularly if they have mobility challenges or have suffered the loss of their spouse, friends, or other loved ones. Those individuals who participate in community activities and have positive social connections have been shown to have better health outcomes than those who are isolated from their community (2). An age-friendly community provides diverse opportunities for older individuals of varying capacities to participate in their community.

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