SENIORCENTRIC WEEK ENDING DEC 25, 2021

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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We don’t want to sit at home. We don’t want to sit on our couch and watch that idiot box, day in and day out. And if you talk to most of them, it’s the same thing. They want the human touch.

‘Norman Houle, 76 receives calls after posting sign looking for companionship
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Local woman spreads Christmas cheer at senior living community with singing telegrams

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GIS Clawback & Lockdown: CERB repayments, and Senior Benefits

“I belong here”: Toronto senior faces deportation after more than 20 years in Canada

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🎄2021 CCBAG Visiting the Nursing Home,Sending Warmth to the Elderly On the Celebration of Christmas.

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‘Like we’re roommates’: How a 79-year-old found company and a little extra help by letting a student move in

Program pairing older adults with students who need affordable rent expands after Toronto pilot project

Dorothy Rusoff, 79, has been relying on video calls to stay in touch with her friends during the pandemic — but sometimes still finds herself stumped by her laptop. 

Luckily, her new roommate, 23-year-old Maggie Meier, is now there to help her. 

“She’s a genius!” said Rusoff with a laugh. 

“I think it’s going well. I think we’ve resolved the grievances with technology so far,” added Meier, a student at Ryerson University. 

The two found each other thanks to a program called Canada Homeshare, which pairs older adults who have extra space in their homes with students in need of affordable rent. 

In the years since it launched as a pilot project in Toronto in 2018, the program has expanded to Vancouver, Peel Region and Kingston, with more Ontario locations, such as Barrie, Oshawa, and Peterborough, in the works. 

“The response is overwhelming,” said Dr. Raza Mirza, the network manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly, which created the program. “It highlights for us that there really is an unmet need in our community.”

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