A journalist from The Guardian has encouraged older people to find more ways to get involved with wider society, saying that we need to think about how we can be socially connected and then get up from our stair lifts and go out and achieve this.
Stewart Dakers, 74, has been a columnist in The Guardian since 1999 and Grey Matters is where he expresses his own experiences of being an older member of society. As well as writing for the newspaper, he spends his time as a community voluntary worker and can thoroughly recommend volunteering as a great way for older people to get involved with the community which benefits both themselves and others.
He insists that many older people have found great ways to get involved with the community, from delivering newspapers and working in high street shops to taking part in school reading groups and providing respite care for fostering families. There are plenty of ideas that can help all of us gain that strong feeling of community.
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