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Holidays Can Be a Lonely Time for Older Adults

The upcoming holiday season is a time for families and friends and fellowship. But there are people living in our communities who, for many different reasons, don’t have connections with people they can look forward to over the holidays or at any other times during the year. The holiday period can be a very lonely one for people in these situations.

Increasing age is associated with an increase in the proportion of individuals reporting loneliness. According to the Profile of Manitoba Seniors (2010) Manitobans age 75 and over were about 1.5 times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to report feelings of loneliness. Women aged 75 and over were the most likely to report feelings of loneliness (46.3%).

Seniors resource councils work to identify these individuals and partner them with home visitors who volunteer their time during the week to visit and chat with people who are isolated.

While the benefits of companionship are well known, seniors resource councils are finding that it’s becoming more and more difficult to find people who are looking to volunteer some time in social visits with people in need.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, please contact your local seniors resource council.

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