Breaking Isolation for Aged Adults
Day Programme Reduces Isolation
The first anniversary of Presbyterian Support Northern's new Hillcrest Enliven Day Programme highlights the demand for activities for older adults who live in the community but have become socially isolated.
Enliven Waikato recently held a morning tea for 80 people to celebrate the first birthday of the programme, located at the Te Ara Hou Village on Morrinsville Rd, Hillcrest.
The Day Programme provides socialisation for up to 20 people daily and aims to improve social and community connections by offering opportunities to mix with others over shared meals and participate in the various outings and activities on offer. Rapid growth during the year is evidence of how great this community need is. Activities include gardening, arts and crafts, cooking, games and more. Transportation is provided.
Paul Scown, an attendee from the very beginning says, the real value lies in being able to get out of the house and meet people. Sam Jarvis agrees. “You feel as if life is passing you by unless you can be a part of something and this is a great group to be a part of,” he says.
Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy Students, Jenny McFarland and Jane Packer, planned and organised the celebration morning tea as part of ‘Creating Connections’, a project which focused on building relationships between Enliven and other agencies in the Te Ara Hou village.
Enliven Waikato Manager, Rosemary Harris expressed appreciation to all the staff and volunteers who made the Hillcrest Day Programme a success. Margaret Jarrett was thrilled to be chosen to cut the cake after her name was drawn out of a hat.
The Hillcrest Enliven programme runs from Monday to Friday each week.