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Biggest intergenerational gathering in Québec to help end social isolation

Briser l'isolement chez les aînés: campagne On sort-tu

End isolation and stay healthy

Did you know that loneliness and isolation affect health just as much as smoking or obesity do? Loneliness and isolation are associated with a 30% increase in the risk of dying prematurely. Scientific data has even showed that they have the same on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Isolation also has an impact on the mental health of seniors. Isolated seniors have high rates of depression and are 4 to 5 times more likely to be hospitalized, especially for falls.

The first edition of « On sort-tu? », a large-scale intergenerational campaign against the social isolation of older adults, is taking place from May 12 to 19, 2018. This initiative is being launched simultaneously in all regions of Québec on Saturday, May 12. The goal is to set a world record of the most number of people having coffee together at the same time. 

In Montréal, people will be meeting from 1 p.m. To 5 p.m., at the Grande-Place du Complexe Desjardins.

The idea is to go out for a coffee, rediscover a sense of community, raise awareness of ageism, and break the spiral of isolation.

Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montréal’s director of public health, highlights the importance of maintaining contact with family and friends, and of taking part in fun experiences. This can help stay healthy!

From May 12 to 19, join in and ask a senior you know if they want to go out for a coffee.

For more information about this event, go to onsorttu.ca.

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