Louise Rees has worked for Age Concern for over 10 years providing oversight and coordination of our organisation’s work to reduce loneliness and promote social connection amongst older New Zealanders. She has a background in nursing, rehabilitation, and community work in the aged care and disability sectors, and is dedicated to achieving Age Concern New Zealand’s vision that, “Older people live valued lives in an inclusive society.”
In September of 2017 she attended the “Kindness Can: A positive future for loneliness” conference in London, run by the UK Campaign to End Loneliness. She will be presenting a summary of key information from that meeting, and other related overseas research and initiatives.
Louise is excited that this conference provides an opportunity for Age Concern and other organisations to share New Zealand research, policy, and practice aimed at understanding or reducing loneliness.