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Connection New Brunswick: Together, Building Sustainable Community Programs for Vulnerable Seniors

Lead organization: Canadian Red Cross (CRC)

Principle investigator(s): Bill Lawlor

About the project:

The issue

An inability to meet basic food, clothing, transportation, medicine, and housing needs, makes older adults vulnerable or at risk of becoming vulnerable. Older adults are also often socially isolated and experience feelings of loneliness which has been shown to be linked to negative health effects. As older adults develop chronic health conditions, the ability to adjust to life stressors can become more difficult without the right supports.

The importance

Reducing and preventing social isolation, loneliness and physical and financial vulnerabilities can help older adults remain in their own homes, healthy, safe, and supported by their community.

What makes this project different

Participants will be paired one-on-one with a Red Cross volunteer who will help them get connected to services and programs within their community that are most important to them.

Anticipated impacts

We hope with this connection participants will report feeling less lonely and more connected to their communities. We also anticipate that the physical and financial needs of participants are addressed. Within the community we will collaborate with local organizations to co-develop community programs to support older adults. We anticipate more opportunities to bring these programs to other communities, thus alleviating pressures on the healthcare systems in New Brunswick.

 

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