I'm So Lonely I Could Die
It is difficult to believe that someone living in a big city like Toronto could be socially isolated but it is a growing problem. Especially with seniors, and especially around the holidays.
Those most at risk live alone, have no children or contact with family, and have declining health. Those conditions are exasperated by retirement, the death of a spouse and loss of a driver’s license, which impact one’s sense of purpose, income and independence.
“After I retired, I would get up in the morning,
get dressed, and sit in front of the TV.”
One in four adults over the age of 65 would like to have participated in more social activities in the past year. 19 percent of individuals 65+ feel a lack of companionship and isolated from others.