For some seniors, the Thursday breakfast is the only social interaction they have.
“It’s a very difficult subject, the isolation of seniors, because you don’t know who’s out there. And if you don’t know who’s out there, you can’t do anything about it.”
Ann says some people choose to be isolated, but others are too afraid to ask for help.
“They think that if they ask for help then they have a problem. But I just want to make them aware that all they have to do is ask, ‘Could you help me please?’”
There are many resources available for seniors, but reaching some seniors is hard. Poverty, Ann says, often plays a key role in senior isolation.
“Poverty and isolation go hand in hand. When you live in poverty, you aren’t always able to find all the support and agencies that are out there. In the old days, you would go to one agency, and then you would have to go to another. This would make things even harder.”