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Re: As somebody said: You can judge a society by how it treats its elderly.
Thanks for your concern, Der. Very kind. We are blessed to live on the east coast of Canada and he lives in a beautiful remote location on the Bay of Fundy where he is at low risk. No guarantee of course, but he's in a good place to ride this out. My sibs and I, and a few neighbours, keep in touch with him but a sociable person, which he is, likes a lot of contact.
He's going to rent a one bedroom apt in the neighbouring small town starting this winter, and that will allow him to walk to the pub, grocery store and liquor store.
But I can say that loneliness dragged him down as nothing else ever did. Might just be his age too.
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