June 2, 2018

SILAS Forum Summary

The Quadra Granville Seniors Group and the South Granville Seniors Centre sponsored and organized a Social Isolation And Loneliness Among Seniors (SILAS) forum held on May 26, 2018. The forum was very successful with over 130 attendees. In particular, the round table discussions were lively.


Honourable Jody Wilson-Rabould, MP Vancouver Granville, Minister of Justice
Jody Wilson-Rabould spoke and participated in the round table discussions.

Eddy Elmer, Master in Gerontology
Eddy was the primary researcher in the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors Project (SILAS). Eddy presented his findings and his recommendations. Click here to read about and download the complete SILAS report (188 pages).

Elizabeth Ball, City Councillor

Sarah Kirby-Yung, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner

Service Providers and Organizations in Attendance

BEST, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation http://best.bc.ca/
 411 Seniors Centre Society http://411seniors.bc.ca/
Brock House Society http://www.brockhousesociety.com/
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House http://www.cedarcottage.org/
COSCO, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. http://coscobc.org/
CTCMA, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists BC http://www.ctcma.bc.ca/
CMTBC, College Of Massage Therapists BC https://www.cmtbc.ca/
Disability Forum
Jewish Community Centre Greater Vancouver http://www.jccgv.com/
Knox United Church http://www.knoxunitedvancouver.org/
L’Chaim Adult Day Centre http://lchaim.ca/
Liberal Party https://www.liberal.ca/
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House http://web2.lmnhs.bc.ca/
MOSAIC https://www.mosaicbc.org/
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House http://mpnh.org/
Municipal Pensioners Retirees’ Association http://www.mpra.ca/
PeerNetBC http://www.peernetbc.com/
Quadra Granville Seniors Group http://quadragranvilleseniors.ca/
Riley Park Community Garden https://www.rileyparkgarden.org/
SeniorsAdvocate.CA https://seniorsadvocate.ca/
SFU, Simon Fraser University https://www.sfu.ca/
SLCBC, Federal Senior Liberals’ Commission of BC http://federalslcbc.ca/
South Granville Seniors Centre http://southgranvilleseniors.ca/
SOHC, Support Our Health Care http://sohc.ca/
Thunderbird Neighbourhood Association https://www.thunderbirdcc.ca/
Vancouver Park Board http://vancouver.ca/your-government/vancouver-board-of-parks-and-recreation.aspx
West Coast In-Home Care Inc. https://www.wccareoncall.ca/
West End West End Seniors’ Network http://wesn.ca/

Audience Survey Results

The audience was asked to complete this survey questionnaire.

We received 38 completed surveys. Click here to download a spreadsheet of survey results.

Summary of Round Table Discussions

The audience organized themselves into 8 groups for the round table discussions. Each group had a moderator and a note taker. Each group was given a short time to summarize the discussion in their group.

There were 2 round table discussion topics:

  1. How to identity seniors who are isolated and/or lonely
  2. What can the community do to help seniors that are isolated and/or lonely

The notes have been scanned into images. Click here to download a .ZIP file (14 MegaBytes) containing 16 pages of round table notes.

Next Steps

We plan to engage with service providers to work collaboratively and to adopt best practices to help seniors that are suffering from isolation and loneliness. After the forum  7 service providers indicated that they will attend a follow-up meeting to work on meeting these objectives.

Government of Canada Social Isolation of Seniors Resources