The story of Bryan McGinty, the pensioner found days after he died in his Manurewa home, is not unique. What can we learn about caring for our elderly, asks Simon Collins

In one week in January 2015, Bryan McGinty lost his partner, his eye, his house and his cat.

He was 69. He was already vulnerable. His right eye had to be removed because he had waited too long to get help for a bacterial infection, and the manner of his partner's death was to be echoed in his own lonely death in a council flat four and a half

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A happy childhood

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Life's ups and downs

Shutting out the world

Final days

What can we learn?