Loneliness and Social Isolation.

Guest blog from Driving Miss Daisy.

Loneliness is indiscriminate. There is an abundance of research on this subject in New Zealand and young people are just as likely to feel lonely as older generations. The level of loneliness in this country is escalating and as anyone who has ever experienced it will agree, the feeling can seem insurmountable once it settles into our lives. This has certainly been exacerbated over the last two years with intermittent lockdowns and peoples’ fear of viruses in our community.

Also, there can be many reasons for being lonely, such as health, mobility impairment, sensory loss, changes to driving ability and bereavement. There are all sorts of things happening as we age which can make getting out of the house increasingly difficult and so social isolation can cause loneliness.

When people are no longer able to drive, that’s where Driving Miss Daisy comes in! Driving Miss Daisy is the connection from home to the community. They make it their priority to ensure each and every journey is filled with laughter, kindness and positivity.

The Driving Miss Daisy drivers love to catch up with their clients and will do everything possible to make the journey enjoyable. That can be as simple as a trip to the supermarket or regular hairdresser appointments. Sometimes, it can be more adventurous and include trips further afield; outings to the beach for a breath of fresh air or coffee with friends; anywhere the heart desires.

Driving Miss Daisy is committed to helping their clients get out and about. They’re here to help their clients feel safe and comfortable. Their clients can feel confident there is every protocol in place to keep their trip safe, clean, socially distanced and with vaccinated drivers, so they can live life to the full and make the most of every moment.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are available upon request to assist with walkers or wheelchairs. Total Mobility Scheme cards accepted.
Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

About Age Concern New Zealand 'on research'

At the heart of everything Age Concern does is a passion to see older people experience well-being, respect, dignity, and to be included and valued. We support, inform and advise older people on issues such as access to health care, transport, housing, financial entitlements, and social opportunities. We also work to combat real problems in our society, like elder abuse and neglect, chronic loneliness and social isolation. We provide specialist services with trained and qualified professionals able to give expert advice and assistance. Age Concern is a charity and relies on the support of volunteers and public donations to do much of the work we do. To help us help older people, please consider making a donation of your time or money. To see how, visit www.ageconcern.org.nz
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