Morn­ing tea in­vite for el­ders

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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.’’

De­tails:

The morn­ing tea will be held at Porirua Elim Church, 11 He­riot Drive, Sept 5, 10am till mid­day. Con­tact An­nerie at in­fo­pro­jectelder@gmail.com or 043903533.

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