In Quebec, thousands of seniors are growing old alone. Forgotten.
Imagine what it’s like: after decades of living a full life, you wind up by yourself.
No family. Nobody to talk to and share your life with. Nobody to ease the burdens of old age.
How would you then feel if you were welcomed with open arms into Little Brothers’ extended family?
How would you react knowing that, from that point onward, you would be surrounded by a circle of caring for the rest of your life?
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.
Even at this stage of their life, our Elder Friends crave human connection, companionship and love.
Our Elder Friends’ physical, psychological and social profiles vary widely, but they 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.
SENIOR ISOLATION: A WIDESPREAD AND GROWING PHENOMENON
Social isolation is on the rise around the world. It is particularly prevalent among the elderly, as the risk of being alone increases with age. This represents an enormous challenge for our society, with nearly 600,000 Quebecers currently in the 75+ age group – a number that is expected to double within the next two decades.
75 AND OLDER: WHEN THE RISK OF ISOLATION IS AT ITS GREATEST
Seniors 75 or older are often more vulnerable and prone to decline, especially given how commonplace loss and bereavement are at this age. At Little Brothers, we are committed to staying by their side throughout their remaining years – no matter what.
Taking concrete action to brighten the lives of the most vulnerable members of the senior population:
that is what we do here at Little Brothers.
CAUSES OF SOCIAL ISOLATION
Several factors can contribute to increased isolation:
- Loss of loved ones
- Physical and mobility impairments
- Mental health conditions and cognitive decline
- Living alone