HOW TO COM­BAT SE­NIOR ISO­LA­TION

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - FACING THE TOUGH STUFF -

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.

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