Number of isolated Torontonians up, says Vital Signs report

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According to Toronto Foundation’s Vital Signs report, Torontonians are more isolated than ever before, and their numbers are increasing.

One-third of households are made up of one person, who often are seniors, says Sean Meagher who is also executive director of Social Planning Toronto. All this portends badly given that a rash of mental health and physical issues crop up because of a lonely existence.

The Vital Signs Report, released Wednesday, compiles close to 200 reports and studies detailing the quality of life in Toronto, including the census data Meagher referenced.

In 2016, seniors outnumbered children for the first time in Toronto’s history, and meanwhile, single-person households continued to rise.

But an increasingly isolated city, according to Meagher, means we’re running some serious risks.

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There is a need for more resources and services for those living alone, more opportunities for them to connect socially with others. There needs to be a sort of community feeling for seniors and others condemned to living alone.

Such inexpensive programs could eliminate or delay the need for premature or easily avoidable medical intervention.

Furthermore, it is good for society as a whole to have a mentally and physically agile population. – CINEWS

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