There all sorts of reasons why someone might be feeling alone and loneliness can strike at any age.
It’s really important to do something about it as it can have adverse effects on your physical and mental health and has been linked to early entry into rest-home care.
What does it look like?
Loneliness is usually an unpleasant emotional response to isolation or feeling disconnected from your family or community. This can be due to various reasons but some may include: the death of a meaningful person, inability to leave the house due to physical difficulties or depression. You can also feel lonely in social situations, if you are not able to connect with the people around you through engaging conversations.
Do something about it
Contacting your local Age Concern offers an easy way to find out about social activities and services for older people in your area or volunteer roles within Age Concern.
Age Concern also offer a befriending service that provides regular visits to older people through volunteers who are keen to meet for conversation and share common interests for an hour a week.
Age Concern Hawke's Bay
Phone: 06 870 9060
A local one stop shop for community information relevant to adults aged 65+.
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