Support to Seniors

Social isolation and loneliness have been identified as a worldwide issue, and it’s happening right here in Fredericton! The sense of abandonment some seniors in our city are experiencing is heartbreaking. They often go days without seeing or talking to anyone, though they have a desire to feel connected and valued within our community.

The impacts of isolation and loneliness have been felt even more severely in the past year due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Fredericton is a close-knit community that has the power to help resolve issues of loneliness and isolation. We can and must make a difference! Start by taking time out of your day to show kindness and graciousness towards our city’s seniors. It only takes a few minutes to let seniors know how important they are to you and our city. It does not have to be a grand gesture, simple acts of caring matter.

  • By talking with individuals who feel socially isolated and lonely, we have come up with some tips and ideas on how you, your friends and your family can make a difference.
  • Smile, wave and say hello every time you see a senior in your neighbourhood - make eye contact. You might be surprised to see they soon start doing it first.
  • Have a conversation to show you are interested in them. Something as simple as “How are you today? Isn't it a lovely day?” Ask them about their career, hobbies, their family or something going on locally. Compliments always make a senior feel special.
  • Notice if you have not seen someone in a while and check in. Leave a note or call and let him or her know you are thinking of them. If you do not know your neighbour you can also reach out with a note or in-person.
  • If you are going to the store ask if you can pick anything up for them. Even if they say no, you show that you cared.
  • Remember your parents, grandparents and other family members may be lonely, yet they do not and want to bother you. When was the last time you called or visited?
  • Be helpful and do simple little things, like taking out their garbage when you go, pick up the newspaper or mail. Help carry a heavy or awkward parcel. Maybe offer to run a simple errand.
  • Share some baking, treats or flowers.
  • Seniors enjoy children and the intergenerational interaction is good for everyone. Think of ways to engage a group, school or organization you are involved with to provide some joy and kindness to seniors.
  • Remember the 211 non-emergency telephone line has a trained person at the end of the phone 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This can be a resource you can refer someone to if you think they need some information or services.
  • Getting out and transportation is often a major challenge, maybe you could offer to drive a senior once in a while, or take them for an ice cream.

Click below to download our shareable social graphic toolkit on easy actions that can make a meaningful difference in seniors’ lives!

Spread the word across social media and chat with family, friends and colleagues on how to help alleviate social isolation and loneliness among Fredericton’s seniors today.

View our awareness videos on YouTube!

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