New Report: High Ratio Of Low Income Seniors In The Valley

A new report is painting a revealing picture about vulnerable seniors in Renfrew County, especially in some of the rural townships.

The report, which was released on Friday afternoon by the United Way Renfrew County, found more than 20 per cent of seniors in Bonnechere Valley, Madawaska Valley, Brudenell Lyndoch and Raglan, and Killaloe-Hagarty and Richards, are living in low income circumstances.

The agecny says that's more than twice the provincial average. 

It also found Pembroke and Renfrew have the largest share of senior women over the age of 80.   

The United way says the data suggests close attention needs to be given to the senior population in these communities. 

They’re hoping to use the new information to help service agencies and governments co-operate more closely to address the needs.

Regional Director Patricia Lafreniere says it's important that those who can make decisions about helping the aging population, have the data to work with to put the need into context.

"A lot of the information is not a complete surprise", Lafreniere told Star 96.7.

"But at least now we have it on paper, we have statistics to maybe go to higher levels, to advocate for more funding in certain areas, when it comes to seniors and their caregivers".

The full report on vulnerable seniors released on Friday afternoon can be found at http://renfrewcountyunitedway.ca