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Good time to remind elderly they are not alone

Social connection is the theme of Neighbour Day tomorrow but the lockdown means isolation will be felt at this time among older generations particularly, says Probus Club chairwoman Margaret Drake.

This is a time to remind them they are not alone, she says.

Probus is an association with clubs for retired and semi-retired people in towns and cities around the world.

While Gisborne no longer has a Probus Club people are encouraged to contact by phone, or over the fence, elderly friends and neighbours to remind them they are not alone.

“Neighbour Day is more difficult now,” says Mrs Drake.

“Isolation is a problem. The elderly rely on friends and family to keep them going so we really need support for the elderly.

“This is a time for everyone to be aware of what's going on in their neighbourhood.”