SUPPORT FOR LINDA AS SHE NAVIGATES HARD LIFE CHANGES
Shopping Companions are about so much more than shopping – they are friendship and companionship, two overlooked needs of many seniors.
Linda was born in 1950. She was raised in Calgary in the Ramsay area. She has two sisters. She was married in 1982 and has been married for 37 years. She was a caregiver for her parents for many years. She is now caregiving for her husband who recently moved into Long Term Care this past April due to several health issues. She tries to visit her husband every day. In late April, she fell and has a brain injury due to her fall. Linda has vertigo and migraines as a result of the brain injury. She is in need of a volunteer to help her get her groceries and get to medical appointments. Linda is on the waitlist for both the Shopping Companion and Escorted Transportation Programs. She tries to navigate the bus system but struggles and takes taxis but is low income and can’t afford to take a taxi all of the time. Her two sisters try to help but work full time and can’t always be there. She also struggles to get her groceries due to vertigo and balance issues. Linda is a big sports fan, especially football. She shares the love of sports with her sister. She has been to every Grey Cup game and has had the same seats at McMahon for the past 30 years. She told us “I just want somebody to talk to and spend time with, especially in the evening as that is when I am the loneliest.” She mentioned she is especially lonely in the evening ever since her husband moved to Long Term Care. She loves to spend time socializing with others. Linda is an avid reader and also loves to bake and cook. She also enjoys learning about History, especially Canadian History.
~ Shannon, Calgary Seniors Volunteer Coordinator
A general donation to Calgary Seniors provides the much needed funds for all of our programs and services.
Clients in critical situations often access several of our programs, so through Adopt a Grandparent you can help Linda
get ALL of the support she needs.