This presentation will focus on the dangerous consequences of social isolation and loneliness as well
as the positive implications a sense of belonging can have on our health and wellbeing as we age.
Throughout this presentation, we will discuss factors that put us at risk of isolation and loneliness. We
will also identify strategies that can help ensure we have continued opportunities to experience
belonging throughout our lives.
1. To understand the ill effects of social isolation and loneliness.
2. To identify at least two health benefits brought about by experiencing a sense of belonging.
3. To identify at least three strategies that can help to support a sense of belonging.
Our presenter: Darla Fortune is an Associate Professor in the in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at
Concordia University, Montreal, QC. Her research focuses on the inclusion of marginalized individuals,
particularly within community leisure spaces and practices.