Morning tea invite for elders
A Wellington ‘Wish Granter’’ plans to put an end to elderly people dying alone and remaining undiscovered for weeks or even months.
Annerie Kemp said her new initiative, Project Elder, was started to prevent more of ‘‘the terrible headlines we see when an elderly person is found dead’’.
She said news of a Wellington man who lay dead for months before he was discovered motivated her to reach out to isolated people not often seen in the community.
‘‘There’s an outcry every time an isolated elder dies, but what are people doing about it?
‘‘I just don’t want another to die alone and I’m going to be the change, which is why I came up with Project Elder.’’
Listing her occupation as ‘‘wish granter for the elderly’’ she said she already visited rest homes and organised experiences for residents, but it was the people in the community she wanted to reach.
‘‘It can be really hard to reach the isolated elders, they don’t put up their hand to say they’re struggling.
‘‘Some may not think they are isolated, some may be too proud, some think they’re coping well on their own and some don’t want to bother people.’’
Project Elder’s first step was to encourage Porirua elders to attend a free morning tea held next month, she said.
‘‘We can’t help them until we meet them, I’d love everybody to come along and meet each other....that’s how we can start.’’
The morning tea will be held at Porirua Elim Church, 11 Heriot Drive, Sept 5, 10am till midday. Contact Annerie at email@example.com or 043903533.