During the holidays, family members bond during what nearly everyone considers to be the most festive time of the year.
But for many seniors living in a care home, that’s not the case.
Mike Klassen, Vice-President of the B.C. Care Providers Association, says it’s tough being alone.
“Leads to higher risk of mortality, and also has more impact on health outcomes.”
In a 2012 Statistics Canada report, nearly one in four seniors reported that they would like to participate more in social activities.
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Research has also shown that isolation plays just as strong a factor in early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Klassen says one of the nicest gifts you could give to a senior living in a care home is to make a connection through an in-person visit or even a phone call.
“Just that kind of person-to-person contact that can really make a huge impact on somebody’s happiness and their health.”
B.C. Care Providers is encouraging everyone to make time for a special visit this holiday season.
With files from Trevor Knapp