Strict upbringing by her father, who was a firm disciplinarian, left Madam Chrer Rany Francis with a lifelong fear of speaking to strangers. To avoid prying neighbours, the year-old keeps looking to spend some Singapore cheer windows and door of her three-room flat closed most of the time. She says in Tamil: Some even said my children are very bad to leave me alone, but this is not true.Exciting Crazy Long Fun Sex
Madam Francis has three daughters and a son who are all married, and 10 grandchildren. Despite her children's pleas to move in with them, she insisted on living in her own flat and rented out a room to be financially independent.
She spent her time watching television and did not have any friends until Madam Renuka Devi Ratty began visiting her last February. The programme's volunteers befriend seniors to keep loneliness and isolation at bay. Usually shy and quiet spens strangers, Madam Francis felt comfortable with Madam Ratty from her first visit.
Of her twice-a-month visits, Madam Ratty says: Madam Francis' daughter, Madam Maureen Francis, 58, a part-time exam invigilator, appreciates Madam Ratty spending time with her mother. She says: I feel happy for my mother that she has finally made a friend.
She won't admit it, but I know she does feel lonely at times. It holds a lot of memories for her and we understand why she does not want to move out to live with us," says Maureen.
Madam Ratty signed up to be a befriender in November Joining the programme has also helped Madam Ratty get to know more people in her neighbourhood since she moved to Commonwealth in February She lives with her second daughter, 45, and a son, Her eldest daughter is married. Her children encouraged her to be a volunteer.Sensual Massage Brisbane City
Being a senior does not mean you cannot help others," she says. I don't dwell on my own problems and I have made new friends. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 11,with the headline 'Bringing cheer to other seniors'. Print Edition Subscribe.