Aging and loneliness

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Aging and loneliness

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:14 pm

For seniors wanting to grow old at home, sometimes home is the only place they ever seem to be. However, social contact with the community may need a boost from organizations offering home visits to counter loneliness and perhaps encourage outings if a senior is home alone and has health needs.

In the US, there is an organization called Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly, that makes volunteer matches with elderly needing companionship.

https://www.thestar.com/life/2017/01/23/keeping-lonely-seniors-company-keeps-them-healthy.html

Often there are community agencies that do have a friendly calling program in which volunteers phone seniors once per week to check in on their day and health and talk about topics of interest. If there is a need for information, the volunteers can look up providers for the senior to make contact with.
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Re: Aging and loneliness

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:56 pm

Seniors without close relatives may find themselves aging out of their homes when they cannot keep up with the financial or physical demands of ownership.

There is something to pause over before they consider moving to retirement homes or nursing homes-the cost of living in either form of care where costs tend to move upwards, not downwards.

The high cost of all-inclusive retirment homes in Ontario:

And as life expectancy rises, baby boomers must now prepare to live to 100 instead of 85.

“You always say you’re going to save your money for a rainy day and I say ‘well it’s raining and is your nest egg enough?’ ” Irwin said.

“What you’ve got is the polarization that’s everywhere else in our society. You’ve got people with money who can basically do what they like, then you have the other side basically living on Canada pension and not much more.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/06/retirement-home-rents-soar-putting-some-seniors-in-limbo.html

When supplies are rationed in order to manage costs--like bathroom tissue in nursing homes:
The Manoir Notre-Dame in Moncton said in a written notice the move is necessary because of an increase in overall costs.

“We will limit the rolls of toilet paper to two per week which will be deposited every Monday in the rooms,” the Aug. 2 notice read.

But management said if the residents exceed the number distributed, they will be able to get more toilet paper if it’s added to their prescription deliveries.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/08/07/moncton-seniors-home-limits-weekly-toilet-paper-use-to-two-rolls-per-person.html
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