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Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00

Isolated by age

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By Glenna Burns

            Seniors in Trent Lakes are looking for more access to doctors, respite care, communal and affordable housing, transportation, biking and hiking trails and social support systems.

            This according to a survey and report to the

Trent Lakes council by Sarah Cullingham, the Age-Friendly Coordinator for Peterborough, who has been working hard to find out what people need to get along better as they age.

            The survey also reports that Trent Lakes has a vibrant volunteer sector, good local access to information and recreation facilities.

            Living in a rural area like the Kawartha Lakes can be an idyllic existence—until you become elderly. Then it can become very isolating.

            The municipality of Trent Lakes is taking the lead to help the Peterborough Council on Aging get a handle on the challenges faced by people who do not live in a city or large town.

            “This is an interesting and useful report for the future,” said councillor Dick Perssons at the Feb. 16 council meeting.

            Attracting more businesses and services to meet the needs of an aging population is essential for creatingwelcoming communities that offer dignity and respect for our elders.

            Right now Trent Lakes is in the process of establishing a community improvement plan that involves new infrastructure like sidewalks and streetscapes.

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