Reducing social isolation among patients in their 60s was comparable to the benefits of giving up smoking and greater than the benefits of reducing obesity and physical inactivity - read more in our Magazine
The website of the Campaign to End Loneliness contains valuable information for individuals and organizations who seek to make a difference. Your work to reduce loneliness in your area can benefit from the Campaign's assistance to help you raise awareness of the health risks of loneliness in your local area and to lobby those who control government and NHS spending to ensure that they find ways to address loneliness.
If you are holding an event,
such as a conference, meeting, seminar or workshop
and looking for someone to give a talk about loneliness in older age or to have
volunteer Campaign Ambassadors are supporters of the Campaign to End Loneliness who have been trained to deliver key messages and speak confidently about the issues surrounding loneliness in older age.
The Campaign also provides you with a range of films to show at your event and even a template presentation if you would prefer to deliver it yourself.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ambassador scheme or would like to discuss having a speaker at your event, get in touch with Marianne on Marianne@campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk or call 020 7012 1411.
The results of the project “Hidden Citizens: How can we identify the most lonely older adults?”, which was conducted in conjunction with Kent University, were published in April 2015. To read or download the documents visit the following links: for the Executive Summary and for the full report.
If you are actively working to reduce loneliness in your community then you may find the report ‘measuring your impact on loneliness in later life’ of value. This guidance offers information and advice on choosing and using a scale to measure the impact of your services on loneliness in older age. It is especially useful to those who need to demonstrate robustly that their work is making a difference, for instance, when raising funding.
The missing million
is a report
that is organized into three sections as follows:
The first section, Identifying loneliness, describes different ways of identifying older people experiencing loneliness, along with some ideas for collaboration and innovation. The report has focused on two types of approach that start from different places but that are complementary.
The first is a top-down approach: what data is available to help locate older people experiencing loneliness and to identify geographical areas that are likely to contain older people at risk of becoming lonely? The second is bottom-up: how might local, hidden intelligence be surfaced and used to help identify older people who are lonely?
The second section, Applying the methods, explains how the methods described in the first section have been put into practice as foundation services, and illustrates how different methods can be complementary and combined. It also gives examples of identifying and engaging older people from groups which have a relatively high risk of experiencing loneliness.
The third section of the report, Talking about loneliness, aims to help front line staff and volunteers prepare for and engage in constructive dialogue with older people experiencing loneliness in ways that can bring about positive change. It addresses the question of how to speak with an older person experiencing loneliness or who is at risk of becoming lonely.
If you believe that nobody who wants company should be without it and that the third age can be the best age, The Campaign to End Loneliness welcomes anyone who wants to learn or do more about loneliness in later life. The Campaign offers the following opportunities to individuals and organizations:
You'll receive a monthly e-update and a quarterly research bulletin,
plus invitations to events and to get involved.
Online applications for Individuals are available at this link.
Applications for organizations are available here.
Age UK makes the important distinction between social isolation and loneliness as each may require different interventions in older individuals. For example, Older people experiencing social isolation may need more practical, logistical support, such as help with transport, whereas lonely or depressed patients may want someone to talk to and will depend on more emotive aspects of care - read more in our Magazine
Age UK Advice is a free, confidential, national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals. Age UK have a team of expert advisers who will give you information that is reliable and up-to-date. If Age UK are unable to help, they will direct you to the best place to go for further support and advice.
Find out more at this link.
Theresa May appoints minister for loneliness
after Jo Cox Commission highlight Britain's epidemic
On 17 January 2018 the Government set out how it intends to tackle loneliness and combat social isolation, accepting a series of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The first steps include appointing a ministerial lead on loneliness
The Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch will lead a cross-government group which will take responsibility for driving action on loneliness across all parts of government and keeping it firmly on the agenda.
For more, and background, see this article in The Guardian.
See also: Reported earlier on this website
Our forum is run by a Management Committee for the over 55s within the Borough of Swindon, irrespective of their current working status.
We maintain our independence from external influences to give you a louder voice and equal say on matters which impact on your life. We aim to keep you informed of our work and keep you updated on all local and national issues that might impact on your life, such as transport, housing and isolation. Your input is valuable and we look forward to hearing from you about the issues that matter to you most.
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