Angie

Angie felt isolated and alone after the death of her husband

Today, a program that connects seniors with free outings and meals has her smiling

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Changing senior citizens’ lives

Angie always thought of herself as active and social. But the unexpected death of her husband—followed by personal health problems, mobility issues and limited income—left her feeling isolated and alone.

“You wonder, Where do I go from here? What do I do? What do I have to look forward to?”

Angie found the answer at a United Way–supported seniors’ program offered by Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services Society in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. It offers excursions to local seniors twice a month, with door-to-door pick-up and drop-off, plus lunch or dinner.

“The outings are precious to me,” says Angie, who has limited transportation options. “I’m excited when I’m able to get out to be with other people and to go to different places, including parks, restaurants and local attractions.”

For seniors like Angie, it means so much to be able to participate in these outings safely and at no cost. “Many of us are on pensions, and pensions are very limited,” she says.

Thanks to the program, Angie has rediscovered her adventurous side. And her outings have sparked some meaningful relationships with other seniors just like her. It’s vital connections like these—supported by donors like you—that are so important to ensuring seniors remain healthy, active and engaged.

These days, Angie has plenty to smile and talk about. “Programs like this make such a difference in a person’s quality of life,” she says.

In Winnipeg older adults can find out about specialized services that empower and support them at United Way agency partner A&O: Support Services for Older Adults, 204-956-6440.

United Way agency partner Good Neighbours Active Living Centre, 204-669-1710, promotes independence, dignity and well-being for older adults through programs and services that address physical, social, intellectual and spiritual needs.

And 211 Manitoba (www.211.mb.ca) has a quick link for older adults that offers help close to home for things related to elder abuse, meals for seniors, recreation, pension and income support, housing and home maintenance, transportation, and home health care.

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