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Combating elderly loneliness: How ‘Des the Toy Man’ stays socially active

Combating elderly loneliness: How ‘Des the Toy Man’ stays socially active

Review:  Today Matthew Tso reports for Stuff about how ‘Des the Toy Man’ goes about staying socially active to beat social isolation and loneliness.  Every work day, he sets up shop outside a local kindergarten to sell toys.  It’s not about selling the toys, but social connection after the passing of his wife.

Age Concern chief executive Stephanie Clare explained that older people who are loneliness have a lower quality of life. Age Concern is trying to combat loneliness through its accredited visiting services and raising the profile of the issue. According to Stephanie Clare, New Zealand needs to have places for seniors to connect and systems to keep them active.

Feature photo: Kids and staff at Doris Nicholson Kindergarten sing to Des Redican on his 90th birthday. Matthew Tso/Stuff.