HOW TO COMBAT SENIOR ISOLATION
The Office for Seniors has a guide to social isolation on its website, superseniors.msd.govt.nz, and also provides ideas on how to stay connected. These include: Finding out where you can use your SuperGold Card so you can enjoy cheap outings Getting to know your neighbours – check out the Neighbourly website neighbourly.co.nz
Visiting the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to find out about activities and groups in your area. Local libraries can also be a good source of information
Contacting organisations, such as Fellowship NZ (formerly Probus) and the University of the Third Age that offer activities designed to keep retired people mentally stimulated and engaged with each other. Age Concern runs the Accredited Visiting Service (AVS). Volunteers visit an older person for about an hour each week to chat. It’s available for people aged 65 and over. Check out at ageconcern.org.nz.