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Who are our Elder Friends?

February 15, 2016

“At Little Brothers, we walk alongside our Elder Friends. We don’t pull them from ahead or push them from behind – we move forward hand in hand with them, at their pace.”

Josée Giguère, Team Coordinator, Little Brothers – Terrebonne, in an interview with Point de vue, MAtv Terrebonne (around the 18-minute mark)

 

REACHING OUT TO OUR ELDER FRIENDS

At Little Brothers, the isolated seniors we serve are affectionately referred to as our “Elder Friends.” The name is meant to capture the warmth, tenderness and respect we have for these venerable members of our extended family.

Like every human being, our Elder Friends crave human connection, companionship and love.

In small doses, loneliness can be managed and overcome. But when it takes over, especially when it’s not a matter of choice, isolation becomes unbearable. Through our “forever family,” we make sure our Elder Friends have a reassuring presence, one-on-one support and companionship in their lives – thanks in large part to the dedication of our 1,700 volunteers.

 

Although their physical, mental and social profiles vary, our Elder Friends do share a number of key traits:

  • 75 or older
  • Socially isolated or excluded
  • Frail and vulnerable
  • No family members, friends or support system to turn to.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, contact us.

All seniors who meet the criteria listed above – regardless of social status, economic situation, or physical or mental health – are welcome to join the Little Brothers family.

 

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WHY REACH OUT TO SENIORS 75 AND OLDER?

With advanced age often comes increased frailty and vulnerability, prompted by a succession of losses that tend to accompany this stage of life.

At Little Brothers, we are there for our Elder Friends, no matter what their circumstances, until they draw their last breath.

 

WHO ARE OUR ELDER FRIENDS? 

The Little Brothers family consists of more than 1,200 Elder Friends in 15 local chapters located in 11 administrative regions throughout Quebec. In 2014, we were pleased and honoured to welcome 237 new Elder Friends into our ranks.

 

THE AVERAGE AGE OF OUR ELDER FRIENDS IS 86.

  • 76% are women, and this percentage increases with age.
  • We have9 centenarians in our extended family, all women.

OUR ELDER FRIENDS ARE ALL ALONE, BUT THIS HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE.

  • Over 60% are widowed, separated or divorced.
  • 20% have no family members or friends at all; in other cases, family members are estranged or live far away.
  • 10% are from outside Quebec.

OUR ELDER FRIENDS COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE BUT, LIKE THE MAJORITY OF QUEBEC’S SENIOR POPULATION, MANY ARE BURDENED BY FINANCIAL INSECURITY.

  • Over 80% of our Elder Friends receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement

NEARLY HALF STILL LIVE IN THEIR HOME, WITH OUR WITHOUT HOME CARE SERVICES.

  • 31% live in a retirement residence.
  • 5% live in an assisted-living facility.
  • 17% are in a nursing home.

15% SUFFER FROM COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT.

 


 

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