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When Mahad Shahzad visited family in Pakistan while in university, he was struck that although his grandparents were living with his family, they were still eating and watching TV alone.

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After doing research, he realized that many of the mental health supports available to young people, ones he has relied on himself as a student like counselling and hotlines, were not available to older adults and seniors. InShahzad founded Chatting to Wellnessa non-profit that brings young people to visit with seniors in retirement and long-term care homes.

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The organization is now moving to a remote model to provide opportunities for seniors across the country to stay social amid the COVID pandemic. There have been over deaths in Ontario long-term care homes, including one personal support worker.

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There were 5. Canadians aged 85 and older ed for about 2. One-third of Canadians 85 and older lived in collective dwellings, such as nursing homes.

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Seniors who are socially isolated are more at risk of smoking, drinking, not being active and not eating well, the report suggests. Now that long-term care homes are closed to visitors, there are fewer social opportunities for residents. Seniors living on their own are also nsa finder Memphis Tennessee TN to engage in the social activities they might have done ly, like going to an event at a community centre, Shahzad points out.

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Menec said she conducted a national study where loneliness was defined as people feeling lonely three asian Mexico online dating more days in a week. Ten per cent of participants between the ages of were lonely, as were 13 per cent of people aged Despite not putting out a call-out for volunteers, Shahzad said more than 50 have ed up in the last week since Chatting to Wellness launched its remote calls.

While the volunteers are mainly university students, a year-old recently ed up to volunteer.

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