Canadian seniors feeling increased isolation as high inflation takes toll – GLOBAL

August 17, 2022

With inflation at a nearly 40-year high, Canadians are feeling the financial strain. In a six-part series this summer, The Canadian Press is speaking to people at different stages of life to see where they’re being hit the hardest. This final story in the series details how rising inflation is affecting older adults.

Azim Jeraj cancelled his gym membership earlier this year.

The 69-year-old resident of Sherwood Park, Alta. says he could no longer justify the monthly fees in the face of the rising cost of groceries, utilities and prescription medications.

“I joined a seniors’ cycling group instead. I go cycling with them twice a week, and that doesn’t cost any money,” Jeraj said. “You find things like that to do. You constantly look for things that don’t cost a lot of money.”

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