"New (2014) Statistics Canada data shows that 12 percent of seniors live in poverty, amounting to almost 600,000 people. Seniors living alone are particularly hard pressed financially, with more than 1 in 4 single seniors, most of whom are women, living in poverty."
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Yeah, old single women take it on the chin, or in the stomach or in the roof.
I was asked how old I was today. The person was horrified I was still working at hosting a B&B at my age.
"Why?" he asked, puzzled.
"Why do you think?" I responded.
"Well, it's very hard work, cooking cleaning, bed-making, welcoming guests, chatting with them, concierging. All by yourself. I honestly don't know why you do it."
I laughed. "I love luxuries: Gas in my car. No transit out here so I need a car for medical trips, hospital trips, fresh produce when I can afford it. The list is endless. I cut off my landline to save $35 a month, that's a tank of gas..."
"Living well below the poverty line, my friend, like most women of my age. If there was an easier way to make a living I would do so. But there isn't."
"My gawd, I'd no idea."
"I know. Most don't. But I'm happy. I'll keep on keeping on. I'm so very lucky, for many aren't and fall right through the cracks."