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Foot For Thought: The Importance Of Foot Health

A big problem for elder homeless men is shoes that are too small. Over 40% of homeless men wear shoes that do not fit, that are more than one size too large or too small for their feet. This leads to even bigger problems with serious consequences.

 

Martin has lived on the streets for the majority of the past decade. Like most people experiencing homelessness, Martin’s feet are his only mode of transportation, taking him everywhere he needs to go — to get meals, to meet with his social worker, to visit the doctor, to connect with friends and … READ MORE

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Walk A Mile Or Ten In Their Shoes

If you count steps while you go about your day, and millions of people world-wide do, the manufacturer of Fitbit fitness technology encourages a daily target of ten thousand steps or the equivalent of five miles (8 km). Now consider that the Fitbit goal is only half of the number of daily steps that elder homeless men in Toronto take to access supports and programs vital to their health and wellbeing.

 

Through research, a Toronto drop-in centre dedicated to elder men who are homeless has determined that men in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s walk 15 kilometres a day, on average, or approximately 20 thousand steps. That includes thousands of steps to… READ MORE