Vulnerable Seniors

Preventing loneliness and isolation is key to a senior’s well-being. You can provide local seniors with the vital services they need to lead happy, healthy lives.

Vulnerable Seniors

Preventing loneliness and isolation is key to a senior’s well-being.

You can provide local seniors with the vital services they need to lead happy, healthy lives.

Our senior population is larger than ever before—and growing

For the first time in our history, there are now more people aged 65 or older living in Ontario than there are children and youth.

Aging brings great challenges. Not only for seniors, but also their families.

Without support, many seniors risk losing their independence, dignity, and health. Supports can be simple—ranging from home-based care, to providing transportation and access to social groups.

When a senior is vulnerable in more ways than one, the challenges are even greater. Those living on a low income, are single, women, indigenous, newcomers to Canada, have a disability or are a part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, are much more likely to face significant challenges when it comes to social isolation or mental health.


As seniors age, they are more likely to become socially isolated.


Rural communities in Ontario are aging faster than the provincial average.


Neighbourhoods with a higher proportion of older seniors face increasing demands for services.

Seniors need our attention, our voices, and our action

We analyzed the state of vulnerable seniors in Ottawa and in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, Lanark County, and Renfrew County, publishing two reports that recommend how to address this emerging issue.

Local services are a lifeline

Access to local programs reduces isolation for seniors, giving them the chance to stay healthy and active in their communities for longer. For friends or family members who may have been thrust into a new world of responsibility as they care for a loved one, these supports are a huge relief—helping to reduce caregiver burnout by giving them an opportunity to connect.

United Way East Ontario is committed to ongoing research and evaluation that fuel smart investments in a strong network of social, recreational, and peer programs. These services will reduce isolation and improve the health and well-being of seniors—and their families—across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County.

Caregivers need our support, too

Informal caregivers—the family members, friends and neighbours who provide regular care to aging seniors—will play an increasingly fundamental role as our population ages.

With our partners at the Champlain Community Support Network, the Champlain Dementia Network, and in consultation with caregivers across our region, we created the Eastern Ontario Caregiver Strategy: our region’s first coordinated approach to supporting informal caregivers.

A welcome break for senior caregivers

When Gerry’s wife developed dementia, he joined a caregiver support group to connect with others and share experiences.

Investing today for a better tomorrow

Local seniors who are vulnerable may deal with overwhelming loneliness, have difficulty coping, and may live without supports like family, friends or doctors.

United Way advocates for change and invests resources where they’re needed most and will have the greatest impact. But we can’t do it alone. Together with our donors, we can ensure our region’s vulnerable seniors maintain their independence while building strong social connections.

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