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NEIGHBOUR DAY JUST AROUND THE CORNER

HEALTH BENEFITS FROM KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOURS “Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.”

NEIGHBOUR DAY JUST AROUND THE CORNER

HEALTH BENEFITS FROM KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOURS

“Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.”

Held annually on the last Sunday in March, Neighbour Day was established by Andrew Heslop in 2003 after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home, more than two years after her death.

This year’s theme ‘The Importance of Social Connection for the Elderly’, Neighbour Day this Sunday strongly connect to the day’s beginnings, aiming to encourage all Australians to reach out to older people in their neighbourhoods, particularly those who live alone.

There are a range of studies that validate social exclusion and loneliness being detrimental to mental and physical health, while social participation is positively associated with improved wellbeing for individuals, families and communities.  Unfortunately, as we get older our social networks often diminish and the risk of feeling lonely increases.

That’s why this year, Neighbour Day is inviting all Australians to help highlight the importance of reaching out to older people in their communities who may be feeling socially isolated.

So, on Sunday, why not invite those who live nearby to call around for a cuppa; a party on the front lawn; ask them to join in a game of cricket at the local reserve or even a barbecue.  You decide whatever is manageable for you.

While Neighbour Day provides the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you most, if you don’t know your neighbours, why not take the opportunity to introduce yourself to a neighbour.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had time for a chat, why not make time - sort of your own personal Neighbour Day activity.

You can never have too many friends around you and your note or invitation may make a significant difference to the life of your neighbour.

To help you facilitate your Neighbour Day catch up, go online to neighbourday.org.

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