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Isolation at 80-Plus—The Lives of Low-Income Widowed Older Women

By Contributor
November 26th, 2011

OLD GROWTH—A radio series about life after 65

Produced by Bill Metcalfe for Kootenay Co-Op Radio in Nelson in October, funded by a New Horizons For Seniors grant.

Air times: Mondays at 8:30 am and Thursdays at 2 pm. The next show is:

Isolation at 80-Plus—The Lives of Low-Income Widowed Older Women

Nov. 28 and Dec. 1

Joan Reichardt

Women that were young adults during the period around the second world war may have never driven a car or written a cheque.

They are unlikely to have worked outside the home or paid into Canada Pension.

But, like women in general who have a longer life expectancy than men, many of them outlived their husbands and some have been left in vulnerable isolation.

Joan Reichardt is part of that generation—she is in her 80s—and she has been known for many years as an articulate and formidable advocate for seniors in the Nelson area.

In this episode she tells some poignant stories of isolation, and calls for greater attention by society and government to this vulnerable group of seniors.

Podcasts of the series will be available on the KCR website at

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