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on the issues of poverty, homelessness,
social isolation and mental illness.
A 'Step' Forward For Elder Homelessness
Research suggests elder homeless men walk an average of 15 kilometres a day including to meet with a social worker, visit the doctor and connect with friends. They also have to walk to and from the shelter, walk to get meals, and to get their mail. No home means no home delivery.
In most cases, transit is not an option as the cost of the fare exceeds their budget or the funds can be better used elsewhere. When faced with the choice, walking is easier than not eating but it comes at a price, like the toll it takes on their foot health and their overall wellbeing… READ MORE
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… READ MORE