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Many seniors struggle with loneliness. The pandemic has only made it worse

Maria Sardelis moved into a retirement home in Ottawa last October to take care of her 98-year-old mother.Her mother was diagnosed with COVID-19 and for two weeks, Sardelis would take her blood pressure, feed her and give her medication left by the door.

Alone and Apart — Canadians are feeling lonelier than ever With Sardelis taking on the role of a nurse, other residents and staff were less likely to get infected, she says.“What would happen if I wasn’t (there)?

What’s happening to all those other people that don’t have someone?” she says. “It is so heart-wrenching to watch these people — how lonely they are.” Visit restrictions amid COVID-19 caused ‘spike in depression’ in long-term care homes Seniors were lonely long before the.

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