Kapiti Observer 3/5/13

A Raumati Beach man has been appointed to the national board of Age Concern New Zealand.

David Swallow is one of seven elected board members governing the organisation which advises and provides services to elderly.

Mr Swallow joined Age Concern Kapiti in 2009 and has served as chairman since 2011.

A quarter of Kapiti's population is aged over 65, he said.

"It's a pretty high percentage here, compared with other areas, but we're not unique in the issues faced by older people.

"It saddens me that many experience social isolation and loneliness as a result of difficulties getting out of the home and they may not have contacts or family nearby."

He said Age Concern's accredited visiting service provides older people with face-to-face contact and greater connection with the community.

Mr Swallow has given more than 60 years' voluntary service. He retired from paid employment in 1997, having worked for more than 40 years in government service, including administration, industrial relations and chief executive roles.

He and his wife, Audrey, moved to Kapiti in 2002.