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  • ISSN: 0714-9808 (Print), 1710-1107 (Online)
  • Editor: Dr Pierrette Gaudreau
  • Editorial board
The Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement (CJA/RCV) promotes excellence in research and disseminates the latest work of researchers in the social sciences, humanities, health and biological sciences who study the older population of Canada and other countries; informs policy debates relevant to aging through the publication of the highest quality research; seeks to improve the quality of life for Canada's older population and for older populations in other parts of the world through the publication of research that focuses on the broad range of relevant issues from income security to family relationships to service delivery and best practices; and encourages the exchange of the latest ideas in gerontological research through the publication of work by international scholars to the benefit of the Canadian and international scholarly communities as well as older adults in Canada and around the world.

Call for Nominations and Applications

The Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement is seeking nominations or applications to fill several positions on the Editorial Board. These include: Social Sciences and Social Policy and Practice Section Editors.

Appointment to the Editorial Board is normally for a four-year term. Nominations and applications are currently being accepted.

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Open Access

The Canadian Journal on Aging/ La Revue canadienne du vieillissement (CJA/RCV) is committed to supporting fair access to scholarship. In line with the SSHRC open access policy, all CJA/RCV content from 2019 onwards will be available for free online subject to a 12-month embargo. This policy means that all articles will be made free to access, with no paywall, 12 months after they have been published in an issue on Cambridge Core. The journal’s other open access policies, including manuscript archiving via Green Open Access, remain unchanged. 


August Article of the Month

Online Social Networking and Mental Health among Older Adults: A Scoping Review

Erica Chen, Devin Wood and Renate Ysseldyk

Abstract

As the number of older adults is expected to increase exponentially within the next few decades, loneliness, social isolation, and depression among seniors are growing public health concerns. Although formal treatment options, such as therapy and medication, can be helpful for depression, they can also be expensive and sometimes ineffective. It is therefore important to consider other potential treatment options and social interventions. Alternative methods for addressing mental health issues are especially important for older adults, as they may encounter barriers associated with aging such as limited mobility and decreased social networks. In these circumstances, online social networking may offer a potential “social cure” to alleviate loneliness, social isolation, and depression. The purpose of this scoping review was to gather and summarize the current literature on associations between online social networking and mental health outcomes (e.g., depression, life satisfaction, loneliness) among older adults. An initial search of 3,699 articles resulted in 52 articles that met criteria for inclusion. Five common themes were identified: (1) enhanced communication with family and friends, (2) greater independence and self-efficacy, (3) creation of online communities, (4) positive associations with well-being and life satisfaction, and (5) decreased depressive symptoms. Implications for older adults’ mental health, social connectedness, programs and policies are discussed.

Résumé

Alors que le nombre de personnes âgées augmentera de façon exponentielle au cours des prochaines décennies, la solitude, l’isolement social et la dépression constitueront des problèmes de santé publique de plus en plus importants dans cette population. Bien que les options de traitement établies, incluant certaines thérapies et médicaments, peuvent être utiles pour combattre la dépression, elles s’avèrent aussi coûteuses et parfois, inefficaces. Il est donc nécessaire de prendre en considération d’autres méthodes de traitement et des interventions sociales. Les méthodes alternatives de traitement pour les problèmes de santé mentale prennent une importance particulière pour les personnes âgées, puisque celles-ci rencontrent des obstacles liés au vieillissement, tels que la mobilité réduite et des cercles sociaux plus restreints. Dans ces circonstances, les réseaux sociaux en ligne peuvent offrir une « thérapie sociale » potentielle pour atténuer la solitude, l’isolement social et la dépression. L’objectif de cette revue de la portée était de rassembler et de résumer les publications existantes concernant les associations entre le réseautage social en ligne et les résultats en matière de santé mentale (p. ex. dépression, satisfaction de vivre, solitude) chez les personnes âgées. Une première recherche portant sur 3 699 articles a permis de recenser 52 articles répondant aux critères d’inclusion. Cinq thèmes communs ont été identifiés : 1) l’amélioration de la communication avec la famille et les amis, 2) la promotion de l’indépendance et de l’auto-efficacité, 3) la création de communautés en ligne, 4) les associations positives avec le bien-être et la satisfaction de vivre, et 5) la diminution des symptômes de dépression. Les implications de ces résultats pour la santé mentale des personnes âgées, la connectivité sociale, les programmes, ainsi que les politiques sont discutés.


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