Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series published on McKnight’s Home Care about how loneliness and isolation are affecting seniors at home. It stems from writer Diane Eastabrook’s participation in the 2021 Age Boom Academy, a free training fellowship of the Columbia Journalism School and the Mailman School of Public Health.
Marie Reine-Corbeau and her gray and white cat, Grisette, are inseparable. Living alone in a small upstate New York apartment near the Canadian border, the 98-year-old widow makes sure her furry friend is always at her side.
“When I’m cooking, I put her on a chair near me, so she knows that she’s loved and that she’s not left alone in the living room,” Reine-Corbeau told McKnight’s Home Care Daily Pulse.