Depression and loneliness is killing our seniors, not COVID

Jun 22nd, 2020

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and post our stories!  Thank you for helping to bring justice to Canada and especially for speaking for those who cannot do so.

My 87-year old aunt was in hospital for 1 week and released on Thursday, June 11 to return to the seniors’ lodge where she lives. While in hospital she was quarantined and was tested for Covid-19, and the test came back negative. She does not have the virus. She’s now back at the Lodge and they have her in isolation, and according to the Alberta Health Care policies she is in quarantine for the next 14-days.

She’s been calling us, her sister and other family members multiple times crying. Each time we speak with her she is very depressed and extremely lonely. She says, “All I want is my family to visit me.”

It breaks our heart that she is not allowed to have family members come. My aunt is a very upbeat person and to hear her speak this way is completely out of character. She was a local Alberta school teacher for 35-years and retired with many accolades. Her life was one of dedication and sacrifice for others. She loves people!

The reason she went into the hospital was due to congenital heart failure. Why are these seniors going into hospital for UNRELATED Covid issues?? Because they have been separated, isolated and not allowed visitors, even their closest family members!! They were not even allowed outside!! Seriously!?!

They have been locked in their rooms, except for mealtimes. During meals, they have to sit at a table all by themselves! Alone! They cannot even visit or converse with someone else!! This is absolutely ridiculous.

Is the Covid killing our seniors! NO. The diseases brought on by depression and loneliness are killing our family members. We want our seniors back! We want these restrictions lifted NOW!

Gail S.