Neighbour Day 2017 Theme

The Importance of Social Connection for the Elderly


In 2017, Neighbour Day’s annual theme is: ‘The Importance of Social Connection for the Elderly.’ The 2017 theme aims to encourage all Australians to reach out to older people in their neighbourhoods, particularly those who live alone.

The theme is strongly connected to Neighbour Day’s beginnings. In 2003, Andrew Heslop founded Neighbour Day after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home, more than two years after her death.

We know from a range of studies that social exclusion and loneliness are 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. 

How to be involved:

We encourage you to get involved in Neighbour Day on Sunday 26 March 2017 or any day that suits your community.

If you’re hosting an event:

Register to access free material to help you organise a successful Neighbour Day event – including posters, invitations, labels, flyers and helpful tips. 

If you’re attending an event:

Share your stories and photos with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

On Social Media: 

  • Share a message of why you think knowing your neighbours is important.
  • Share a message of why you think social connection is important for older people.
  • Use the hashtags #NeighbourDay and #Elderly
  • Download our Neighbour Day selfie sign, take a photo with it, and share the photo with us on our social media networks.
  • Get involved in our social media Countdown to Neighbour Day, being held from 20 – 26 March 2017 on all of our online platforms. 

Neighbour Day 2017 Resources: 

Images are a great way to capture attention in a busy newsfeed. Click on any of our 2017 Neighbour Day graphics below for use in your own social media posts:

 One-in-three   Strong-social-networks

 We-feel-better-when-we-belong   One-in-ten

Connection Cards

Very Neighbourly Tips

How to celebrate Neighbour Day

How to social

How to for the workplace

How to for Councils & Community Organisations

Neighbour Day Kits