A man from Val Caron in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. says his plan to fight loneliness is starting to work.
Norman Houle, 76, recently put up signs in his neighborhood. They call themselves “Lonely” and describe her current situation.
âIt’s not very nice to be alone because you are sitting on the couch and watching TV all day,â he said. “It’s not healthy for you.”
Houle decided to run the ad to see if there were any women who would be interested in having a cup of coffee with him.
âI thought well, I’m just going to write this and post it where I can and hope for the best,â he said.
After that, Houle said his phone started ringing. So far, he has received about ten calls.
âYou are alone when you are alone,â he said. “There is nothing to hide. Now, of course, the ladies who came in contact with me feel lonely too.”
“If you are alone you are not happy”
Houle said many older people are reluctant to share their feelings of loneliness.
âWe don’t want to sit at home,â he said. “We don’t want to sit on our couch and watch this box of idiots day in and day out. And if you talk to most of them, it’s the same thing. They want the human touch.”
Recently, someone posted a photo of the panel to a Facebook group called Valley East. The photo has garnered over 350 reactions and 70 comments.
âIf you are alone you are not happy,â he said.
“Then do something. It doesn’t take much. It’s better than sitting pouting or being sad.”
Research conducted by the Government of Canada indicates that “it is estimated that 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.”
“Isolation and social exclusion are linked to serious negative health effects and reduced quality of life for older people,” the report says.
“The National Seniors Council also says that the social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer from a lack of social unity, higher social costs, and the loss of the wealth of experience that people have. seniors bring to our families, neighborhoods and communities.