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Combating loneliness in older people

Combating loneliness in older people

Review: Today INsite Magazine writes about measures to help combat social isolation.  The article focuses on the views and experiences of Joe Rodrigues, aged 97.  He believes social contact programs are important to reduce social isolation, including befriending (e.g. Age Concern Accredited Visitor Service), daily calls, and singalong programmes.

He believes all seniors have something to offer others: “Every older person has something valuable to share from their lifetime of experience.”

Feature photo: The Ageing Well project continues to investigate social isolation among older New Zealanders. In the meantime, perhaps we should consider preventative measures for combatting loneliness.