McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, published a study in July 2018: The men's sheds: a safe and inclusive space for older men.
Their Bottom Line:
◦ Developing activities to promote social activity among older men, especially those who are lonely or socially isolated, is complex.
◦ For the last two decades, creating "men's sheds" has generated an undeniable interest worldwide.
◦ These men-only spaces benefit mental health and social well-being by allowing men to work, break social isolation and give back to their community.
"Men who frequent the sheds appreciate when activities are voluntary and not too structured. Studies have reported that men tend to see themselves as volunteers or members (rather than clients or patients). These men come together to enjoy hands-on activities and to give back to their community, rather than being the beneficiaries of a complex social intervention to improve their health and well-being. Finally, the sense of belonging to a social group, the friendships and the support that is built over time are key pillars of the men's sheds."
Supporting the creation of local men's sheds
"Men's sheds specifically address the social needs of isolated older men by focusing on the social determinants of health. To reduce health disparities, healthcare and social care professionals (including community workers) can use men’s sheds to offer conferences, prevention workshops, and screening activities dedicated to older men."
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