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Trudy Mallinson, PhD, OTR/L FAOTA
Social isolation is the absence of meaningful contact with others. Older adults who perceived themselves as socially isolated are at risk of negative health outcomes. A person’s psychological wellbeing can be improved through engaging in meaningful leisure activities.
The Intergenerational Social Engagement Program, or the ISEP, was developed to connect older adults and high school students to help decrease social isolation in older adults. The ISEP incorporates concepts from the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and is intended for implementation in senior living communities. The program is to be led by an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy practitioners have an understanding of the complex and dynamic transactional relationship between client factors, performance skills, performance patterns, and activity demands, as well as the contexts and environments in which the occupation is performed. The occupational therapist identifies older adults with perceived social isolation using the Lubben Social Network Scale-6. The program entails engaging high school students to visit an older adult in the senior living community, and using leisure occupations to promote social participation. ISEP is expected to have benefits for both generations by decreasing social isolation in older adults and improving high school student’s social skills and insights into aging.
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Kendona, Jacqueline, "Decreasing Social Isolation Through an Intergenerational Social Engagement Program" (2017). Doctor of Occupational Therapy Capstone Projects. Paper 5.