This is a touching story about an organization called Les Petits Frères, and what they do for seniors. Go read it, and consider that the luncheon for seniors events that we read about on Gabriola bulletin boards may be really, really important. From CBC: Lonely seniors forge friendships through ‘little brothers’ campaign.
Meals on Wheels can deliver a hot meal. A doctor can prescribe pills. A personal support worker can help with dressing, or a bath. They’re all important, but what many old people need most is a whole lot harder to come by.
Researchers say the impact on health of being lonely is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Lonely elders are more likely to die of a heart attack and are at a higher risk for dementia, depression and anxiety.
And it all happens far from public view, behind closed doors. In Quebec, an organization called
Les Petits Frères: La grande famille des personnes âgées seules is trying to break through that isolation. More than 1,000 Quebec seniors are matched with younger volunteers, with the idea of creating a real and ongoing friendship.
Everything Les Petits Frères does is rooted in the idea that human connection is essential to life. Their motto is
Les fleurs avant le pain, which translates as Flowers Before Bread. [continue]