The holidays are busy, and as my children get older Christmas seems to be morphing into an infinite loop of mall, grocery store, party, mall (repeat as necessary). It’s overwhelming, and it can be easy during these busy days to forget the things that are at the forefront of our minds during the other eleven months of the year. For me, this means not letting my volunteerism slide just because I have something to bake or buy before C-Day.
There are lots of charitable things to do in December, and among those is ensuring that our most marginalized and vulnerable populations don’t feel forgotten, this includes our growing senior population.
Right now in Calgary, 29 per cent of senior citizens live alone, and are subsequently at high risk for depression, injury, malnutrition, and fraudulent activity – which is to list only a few of the most common and unjust circumstances they face every day.
I recently started a volunteer group called PAIR which aims to unite marginalized groups, and the current ongoing event aims to bring mothers with young children together with seniors. We meet for about an hour every month. If you’re in Nova Scotia, you can learn more about the group and events here.by