AGEING: by Peter PophamNews Weekly
Wanted: Loving family to adopt 'granddad au pair'
, October 9, 2004
A 79-year-old Italian man has advertised in a newspaper for a family to adopt him as a "granddad au pair".
Giorgio Angelozzi, widow, classics scholar and former teacher, is one of three million pensioners living alone in a country with one of the lowest birth rates in the world. He hopes that a family will adopt him so that he can pass on his learning to someone and be appreciated during his final years.
For 40 years Mr Angelozzi taught at one of Rome's most sought-after high schools. "I watched an army of people go by," he sighed. "Now I find myself begging for human contact."
Mr Angelozzi's brain is as alert as ever. For 40 years he stuffed his head with classics.
But today the only beneficiaries of that knowledge and passion are Mr Angelozzi's seven cats.
- Peter Popham in The Independent (UK), August 31, 2004