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When in God’s name will we cease failing the elderly and frail in long-term-care homes?Rosie DiManno Star Columnist
In 2020 –
4,333 (95.6%) of Ontario’s 4,530 deaths have been amongst Ontarians 60 years and better.
In 8 days, Israel vaccinated >40% of its 60+ population.
— Samir Sinha (@DrSamirSinha) January 3, 2021
‘I would be with her every minute right now if she didn’t have COVID’
For the last few weeks, Gisele Harrison has suited up in PPE and walked straight into the region’s largest current COVID-19 hot zone: The Village at St. Clair long-term care home.
Harrison’s 96-year-old mom, Aline Harrison, is a resident of the home.
Aline’s bill of health includes dementia and now, as recently as Sunday, COVID-19.
“When I’m in my [personal protective equipment], she doesn’t recognize me. It takes usually until almost the end of my visit, you know if I’m there for two hours or six hours, she’ll start to know who I am. But it’s sad, she is afraid of me and she’s never been afraid of me,” Harrison said.
On Monday, Harrison wasn’t sure Aline would survive the night — just one day after testing positive for the disease.
“When I’m at home and I know my mother is dying by herself in her room it really breaks my heart and I stay there as long as I can and I’m going everyday,” said Harrison as she began to cry.
The arts and culture stars who died in 2020
- Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of infamous 1994 memoir Prozac Nation, died aged 52
- 77-year-old British comedian and Python Terry Jones
- Kirk Douglas 5 February aged 103
- 90-year-old character actor Max Von Sydow,
- Manu Dibango – nicknamed Pappy Groove – died aged 86 on 28 March
- Kenny Rogers died aged 81 on 21 March.
- soul singer Bill Withers, who died on 30 March aged 81
- 94-year-old Honor Blackman, made famous for her role as Cathy Gale in The Avengers TV series and Bond girl Pussy Galore, died on 5 April;
- Brian Dennehy, whose work in film and on stage earned him a Golden Globe and six Emmy nominations, passed away aged 81 on 15 April
- British World War Two singing hero Vera Lynn, famed for We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, who died at the age of 103 on 18 June
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