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April 2, 2020

Many people who believe they are isolating themselves from COVID-19 might be surprised to learn that they are still exposed.

They may be following advice and staying home, only venturing out for essential needs. When they do leave the shelter of home, they may be vigilant in enforcing the two-metre rule and even consider ‘outing’ others who are...

April 1, 2020

What we are experiencing today is, for many people, the worst crisis in their lifetime.
April 1st came and went and, for some, rent was due without the funds to cover it. The streets are nearly empty and so are cupboards and fridges as people, afraid to venture out, are going without or with less. Schools and parks are closed leaving children...

March 25, 2020

For decades Henry has lived with his mother. She cares for him and he for her. The arrangement works. That is until she passed away late last year. Since then he has been looking at his options as neighbours look to help. Staying put is not a consideration. The house he has lived in for almost five decades, in the only community he has ever real...

March 24, 2020

Being alone or isolated is proven to have a negative impact on health and wellbeing including mental health, especially in the elder population. For an older adult, even one who has never smoked a day in their life, isolation is as unhealthy as chain-smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Earlier this week, Robin Wright of The New Yorker wrote about a 20...

March 21, 2020

Would you know what to do if the paper in the window of this home was not green but red?

The green square of paper in the front window of every house on this city street is significant in communicating with neighbours. As is a red square of paper. To passersby, the coloured square notifies neighbours that, in the case of green, all is good. Red a...

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