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AgeConnect Kapiti


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We want to increase social connections for older people in Kapiti.

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The purpose of our "AgeConnect Kapiti" project is "To increase social connections for older people/koroua or kuia in Kapiti", or, to put it another way, to alleviate social isolation and loneliness among older people in Kapiti.

Social isolation is a complex, serious issue. This is recognised world wide with research painting a grim picture and community programmes being established to address the issue. In 2017 the United States Senate Committee on ageing considered the need to elevate loneliness to a public health priority on the same level as smoking and obesity, and the United Kingdom has recently appointed a Minister for Loneliness.

In New Zealand, media commentaries and government briefing papers have portrayed a worrying picture for the wellbeing of those who are lonely and socially isolated;

* "We are set up for a loneliness epidemic that will be as serious a public health issue as obesity, say some experts." (The Listener, February 3, 2018)

* "Social isolation is a key factor for elder abuse and other poor outcomes such as depression and anxiety, alcoholism and dementia and worsening of chronic conditions." (Ministry of Social Development briefing paper to incoming Minister for Seniors 2017)

* "Loneliness can make many conditions worse, including pain, depression, anxiety and respiratory conditions." (Dr Hamish Jamieson, geriatrician and researcher at University of Otago, Christchurch, December 14, 2017)

* ".....research confirms our deepest intuition; Human connection lies at the heart of human well-being. It's up to all of us - doctors, patients, neighbours and communities - to maintain bonds where they're fading and create one's where they haven't existed." ("How social isolation is killing us", article by Dhruv Khullar in the New York Times, December 2016)

About us

Age Concern Kapiti Coast, Incorporated in 1990, is a charitable entity registered under the Charities Act 2005 on 2 May 2008.

Our mission is "serving the needs of older people".

Use of funds

All funds raised will be used to help increase social connections for older people - for example by the printing of brochures to raise awareness, by enabling us to identify and put in place low-cost or no-cost solutions to loneliness.

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  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 25 Oct 2019

    $100

    Great project and deserves our support.

    $100

  • Private Donor

    Private Donor on 25 Oct 2019

    $50

    Great project I hope many people support it

    $50

  • Private Donor

    Private Donor on 25 Oct 2019

    $25

    Good luck, AgeConnect Kapiti is a great project!

    $25


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