Review: Today Donna Fleming writes in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly about loneliness among older people. For socially isolated older people life can sometimes not feel like living, according to Age Concern. To help improve social connections for pensioners, Age Conern is getting together with other organisations – such as Returned Services Association and the Salvation Army. They will be seeking corporate support. By improving social connections, you can improve older people’s health and reduce elder abuse.
To improve social connections, it is suggested to:
- Find out about groups and activities in your area (e.g. via local libary or Citizen Advice Bureau) and join up.
- Get involved with organisations that provide activities for older adults, such as Fellowship New Zealand (formerly Probus) or University of the Third Age.
- Use meet-up groups on social media.
- Get to know you neighbours (see neighbourly.co.nz).
- The Office of Seniors website has ideas on how to stay connected.
- Be part of a befriending programme (e.g. Age Concern or Salvation Army run programmes).
- Move to a retirement village, if that is an option.