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September 2020


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Social Isolation Has Life-Threatening Consequences

Friendship is a lot like food. We need it to survive. What's more, we seem to have a basic drive for it. Psychologists find that human beings have fundamental need for inclusion in group life and for close relationships. We are truly social animals. The upshot is, we function best when this social need is met. It is easier to stay motivated, to meet the varied challenges of life. In fact, evidence has been growing that when our need for social relationships is not met, we fall apart mentally and even physically. There are effects on the brain and on the body. Some effects work subtly, yet the effects are distinct enough to be measured over time, so that unmet social needs take a serious toll

Holidays Reinforce Isolation

There are nearly five million seniors in Canada — more people age 65-plus than people under 15. In Toronto, over 15 percent of the citizens are seniors. They represent the fastest growing segment of the City's population. With them comes the growing issue of isolation. This holiday, too many of Toronto's seniors will spend the festive occasion alone. Says one senior, age 85, "I've never been on my own during the holidays. I used to be with all the family years ago. They've all died-off, one after the other. There's isn't anybody that I could call my next of kin." With isolation and loneliness comes the risk of depression and suicide. Every year at this time there is an increase in the number

Hope For The Homeless, Comfort For Their Family

When you are homeless, while you have nearly nothing, you have every hope that life will get better. Haven Toronto, a drop-in centre for elder men age 50-plus, helps instill that hope in thousands of clients annually. Open every day - including all major holidays - the centre reduces barriers to health care, eliminates food insecurity and provides opportunities for social inclusion, all programs that are vital to elder men impacted by poverty, homelessness and isolation. One client, Ron G. was a regular at Haven Toronto. The drop-in centre was a safe, inviting space where he could be part of a community. Even though Ron left a tight-knit community in Cape Breton for the big city, he made a

I'll Be There For You

What makes Jon Bon Jovi so popular, besides the obvious good looks? Is it that he’s an influential musician with Grammy, Billboard, Brit, CMT and American Music awards? Or a successful actor in film and television including Sex and the City and Ally McBeal? Maybe it’s that, hit music and pop culture aside, Jon Bon Jovi is transparent - what you see is what you get - and he is a compassionate activist for the poor and the homeless. Most recently, Jon Bon Jovi can be seen working in back of a couple restaurants, places where diners without many resources can enjoy food without having to pay. Soul Kitchen is the name of the nonprofit organization managed by the JBJ Foundation, an institutio

Why People With Less Give More, Relatively Speaking

Regularly volunteering at Haven Toronto not one day, not two, but as much as seven days a week gives Bogdan (pictured) a greater sense of self-worth. Arthur donates to Haven Toronto to help ensure that the services are there for other people. Ernie collects money to donate in memory of family. And Patrick volunteers to show his appreciation for a place that has always been there for him. Each elder man is homeless or precariously housed and each is a client of Haven Toronto. After sharing their stories, we were asked, "Why do people with less give more, relatively speaking?" Bogdan, Arthur, Ernie and Patrick have their own unique reasons for giving back. In more general terms as to why som

How Homelessness Complicates Treating Diabetes

“People say I should eat better because of my diabetes. Diabetes doesn't care if you're hungry. When you're homeless you eat what you can.” V. Batcher Each year in Canada, an estimated 235,000 individuals are homeless. In the States, that number is 2.3 to 3.5 million. In Canada, as in the States, homelessness has a complicated association with poor health. People at risk of losing their home tend to have heavier disease burdens. In New York City, for instance, 6.3 percent of a subset of newly homeless people had diabetes mellitus, compared to 1.9 percent of the same age group in the general population. Homeless adults are 3 times more likely to have diabetes than the general population. Home

War Is Ugly But It’s Not The Worst Part Of Military Service

In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, the United States and a coalition of countries launched military operations known as Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The Allied coalition was made up of 35* countries and 670,000 personnel. More than 4,000 Canadian Armed Forces members served in the Persian Gulf region in 1990 - 1991, any one of them, then age 21 or older, could today be a client at Haven Toronto, a drop-in centre founded in 1933 in support of Canada’s veterans. In the aftermath of the conflict, Canadians continued to serve with peacekeeping and embargo-enforcement efforts in the region. While there were no reports of serious casualties to members

The Invention Of Homelessness

As of late 2009, the English language contained 1 million words, and new words are being added every day. With such abundance in the language, we tend to forget how powerful words can be, and that the names we give to ideas can shape our world view. Consider a word that we take for granted, but that has far-reaching implications. The word is “homelessness.” A search of the New York Times historical database covering 1851 to 2005 reveals that it was used in 4,755 articles, but 4,148 of them (87 per cent) were published in the 20 years between 1985 and 2005. Before the 1980s, it is rare to find “homelessness” used to designate a social problem. What happened in that decade that made the differ


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