How one Montreal organization pivoted during the pandemic to respond to seniors in crisis

The NDG Senior Citizens' Council is balancing long-term impact with crisis management

Why It Matters

As the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates risks for the most vulnerable populations, seniors are experiencing poverty, food insecurity, and mental health crises while facing social isolation. A Montreal organization says that for some seniors in their community, it’s an issue of life and death. This is our second story in a series with Innoweave.

At 95 years old, Muriel Fishman has lived through a lot, including a World War and the Great Depression. 

“The main thing in my life was poverty,” she says. “There was no food, no clothes. I was wearing boots made of felt.”

Still, despite living through monumental world events, Fishman, who lives in Montreal, has never seen the world come to a standstill the way she has with the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s unbelievable, because we weren’t faced with these problems. Life went on and relationships went on. You met friends and you went out and you did things but we don’t do that now. The whole [world] is upside down.”

Fishman is an avid reader who is “always lost in a book,” which has helped pass the time during the pandemic. While she prides herself for maintaining good health, she relies on organizations including NDG Senior Citizens’ Coun

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