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From the Optimal Aging Portal: Staying connected while practicing social and physical distancing


Published: ​March 24, 2020 

Social and physical distancing is critical in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Social distancing practices, as defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, are ‘approaches taken to minimize close contact with others in the community.’ Physical distancing, as defined by Toronto Public Health, means limiting the number of people you come into close contact with. By minimizing contact with others, it is possible to reduce the spread of the virus.

The good news is, while we put these measures into practice within our communities and increase our physical distance, we can remain emotionally close and stay connected using technology. Research studies suggest that social networking sites such as Facebook are a good mechanism to help reduce feelings of social isolation, especially in older adults and improve quality of life.

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The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (, a unique online health resource created by McMaster University to support the healthy aging of Canada’s older adult population, is highlighting ways to stay active and engaged while practicing physical distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic.​ Read more


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