See list of speakers here
Buses 11, 12 & 22
also 13 & 14 (fair walk)
** Raffle and Stalls **
Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. It celebrates the value and knowledge we contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation.
The Loneliness Summit
(Perlman and Peplau 1981).
Swindon Seniors Forum and Robert Buckland MP will continue to work hard to bring about an end to loneliness in Swindon.
Loneliness is a serious risk to our health
Loneliness is as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is twice as harmful for us as obesity. It is a painful thing to suffer from loneliness. You can feel lonely even if you are in the middle of a room or are someone who lives in a house filled with people.
Loneliness affects all ages but older people can be particularly vulnerable. A person can be isolated yet not feel lonely, you are not alone in your loneliness- it is a problem common to many of us.
Most of us at some point in our lives have experienced loneliness. For some it is temporary, perhaps triggered by particular events or transitions, while for others, it seems to be a permanent fact. There are about 31,100 people over the age of 65 years in Swindon about 14.7% of the population and 14,600 of these are aged 75 years and over.
Loneliness for people over the age of 55 years often begins as they retire from active work - people who may have been used to getting up from bed at about 6.00 am daily now find no reason to wake up before 8.00 am. Often when they get up from bed and treat themselves to breakfast, the rest of the day is spent either reading the newspapers, listening to the radio and/or watching the television.
Those who are going through this feeling of loneliness include retired public servants, people of all educational levels, widows and widowers, those whose children are living abroad, single parents and individuals who never married, people without children, families and people over 55 years of age, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people(LGBTQ).
Who is aware, and planning for the prediction that over 2 million people over the age of 65 years will be ageing without children? 90% of LGBTQ people are estimated to be ageing without the support of children. Anchor Care Homes have successfully initiated residents meetings for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) as well as arranging staff training. The question is: “Who will speak up for you when you are no longer able to cope on your own? (Our Voices report at http://awoc.org ).
In later life people may still enjoy the company of their nephews and nieces, but often, as the nephews and nieces start building their own families and are advancing in age, they may not have time or thought for these older unmarried uncles and aunts.
However wealthy widows and widowers may be, they go may still experience loneliness and boredom even if they can afford to travel and visit relations, children who live overseas and tourist destinations.
While social and religious engagements may reduce the impact of loneliness in people generally, such engagements may not sufficiently serve the purpose of the older people who find themselves isolated from their social networks. Sometimes, when retiring to bed in their homes, the stark reality of loneliness stares them in the face and can also bring a feeling of fear and panic.
There is often an assumption that older people from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups live in ‘traditional’ family structures, with young relations looking after or living with older generations. Though there is some truth in this, the fact remains that for many older BME people, life in later age can be a lonely experience, and being lonely is significantly more than just a quiet house and a lack of companionship. As time passes, loneliness does not just take a toll on the mind, but may also have a severe physical effects.
Governments and psychologists must recognize and accept loneliness as a major medical, mental, psychological, physical and social problem and devise lasting solutions that will provide succour to those afflicted with it. According to the campaign to end loneliness around 10% of people over 65 report feeling lonely “all or most of the time”. I would also like to see how the government might support the valuable work of voluntary sector organisations in helping to tackle problems such as loneliness.
Reach out to a lonely person – volunteer. This is one of the best remedies for loneliness. And never give up hope, we can all play a part in reducing loneliness.
Lets make loneliness history in Swindon
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