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RSS FeedsCouple dreams of being reunited after 6 years apart
(The Star Food)


16 october 2017 12:20:57

Couple dreams of being reunited after 6 years apart
(The Star Food)

Jennifer Brown and Karl Froehr would like to be together for the rest of their lives, making the best of the years they have left.They want to hold hands, share meals, watch films, talk about the arts, politics, music and books — but a string of circumstances has been keeping them apart for almost six years.Froehr, 87, lives at Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre. The airy and spacious facility in the west end of Toronto provides the round-the-clock care he needs after a severe stroke in early 2012 seriously impacted his movement and his speech. He has been at Lakeside since last summer and in long-term care since the stroke, following a period of rehabilitation.Brown, 79, resides in a downtown co-operative. Health issues, she admits, are making daily tasks increasingly difficult. She would like to join him at Lakeside and said she has been on what is known as a priority wait-list since January.The months tick by.And still, they are apart.“Next year I will be 80,” Brown said. “I think it is remarkable I have done this for six years and haven’t lost my mind.” Brown and Froehr met with the Star at Lakeside to talk about the anguish the separation has caused them. They also wanted to raise awareness of the financial and emotional stresses facing aging couples who want to enjoy their senior years in Toronto.Declining health is also an issue, Brown said.“Not his, he just blooms. I’m not exactly blooming,” she jokes.Canada’s seniors have been identified as a vulnerable group, in terms of housing needs, by the federal government. The forthcoming National Housing Strategy will include housing supports for seniors, though the details have not been announced.The money will come from a National Housing Fund worth $5 billion and dedicated to helping vulnerable people, including those with addiction and mental health issues, find and keep homes.In the meantime, private rental costs in Toronto continue to climb, as do the ...
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