Margaret is a local senior who, like many other seniors in Ottawa, is vulnerable to isolation. As Margaret grows older, her physical disabilities make navigating the city more and more challenging.
“I’m small for my age and I have a problem with my hand,” she explains. “I couldn’t go out a lot, I was lonely.”
But when a community rallies to support isolated seniors, people like Margaret benefit.
Today, Margaret finds companionship, social time, and camaraderie through a program called Chance for Choice. This initiative, run by United Way partner Citizen Advocacy, creates one-on-one friend matches with seniors who have age-related disabilities and who may be lonely, isolated, or vulnerable.
“Now I have Louise, I talk to her on the phone all the time,” says Margaret. Having a friend to call on means Margaret goes out more, and has people to rely on in times of need.