Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Campaign To End Loneliness




I'm delighted to be working with Sunrise Senior Living on a campaign to raise awareness about loneliness in old age by hosting a meal and a game of cards with someone who could do with a bit of company. 

Research from the group Campaign to End Loneliness has shown how detrimental loneliness can be to a person’s health, especially for older people. One in five people aged 60 and over who experience loneliness say they have no one to turn to and It makes me feel so sad that someone, somewhere could be sitting all alone, desperate for company. All it takes is a phone call, a visit and a quick cuppa or you could even host a meal and a game of cards. It doesn't have to cost much money, but it could make all the difference to someone who lives alone and craves some social interaction.

I was shocked to discover that loneliness and isolation are as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. That is so awful.  The Campaign to End Loneliness is calling on local authorities to take the lead on reducing and preventing loneliness in their local areas and the Campaign states that the support needed should include transport and technology – with 41 per cent of those who feel lonely say that transport is a barrier to seeing people, and 51% of older people polled believe the internet can help prevent loneliness.

In the UK, research estimates that: 
  • Around 1 million people aged over 65 report feeling lonely often or always. 
  • 12 per cent of older people feel trapped in their own home. 
  • Six per cent of older people leave their house once a week or less. 
  • 17 per cent of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbors less than once a week and 11 per cent are in contact less than once a month. 
  • Half of all older people (about 5 million) say the television is their main company.
I hosted a lunch for an elderly friend of mine who doesn't get out that much and it was so much fun. We had a light salad, a game of cards, then good old traditional 'Bread and Butter Pudding' for our afters. It was something I hadn't had for years and I forgot how yummy it is, and so easy to make.




Do you know someone who could do with a bit of company? Or maybe you would like to know how to get more involved with the campaign by creating change in your own area? Pop over to the campaign website here for all the info you need.




*For information about how you can get involved and free recipe cards visit www.campaigntoendloneliness.org. A collaborative post with Sunrise who are working hard to to end loneliness.

18 comments:

  1. This is a great idea, We lost my grandad in 2012 and i try visit my nan atleast once a week its so easy in busy lifestyles to forget about others on their own x

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  2. It's a really lovely thing that you are doing to reach out to someone in need. It's important to look around us for elderly people who may need company.

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  3. What a fab idea. Can you make this okd lady bread and butter pudding lol

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  4. This is a lovely idea. So many elderly people live alone nowadays, there's a lot to be said for cultures where everyone lives together. So sad that the TV is the main contact for so many people.

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  5. What a great campaign! Well done on raising awareness of this

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  6. Oh gosh didn't realise loneliness was that harmful! Great campaign

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  7. Great campaign my mother could benefit from this

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  8. Such a great campaign, I dread getting old and lonely x

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  9. This is such a great campaign, it is such a shame so many people are alone :( x

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  10. What a fabulous campaign to take part in.

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  11. I received a few recipe cards from them a while ago - the food sounds delicious and I think I will recreate some dishes for my Gran :) x

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  12. aww these are such sad statistics but what a lovely idea to host a lunch for someone who may be feeling that way x

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  13. Growing up my mum made dinner for two old folks that lived down the road from us. If we had anyone near us I would do the same.

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  14. omg ive not had this since a child reminds me of spotty dick and custard my most loved pudding

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  15. I love this idea, but we live in a really young neighbourhood and have no elderly around

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  16. What a lovely idea! It's a great thing to do.

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  17. I've never been a big fan of bread and butter pudding but that looks lush! Great campaign, my other half is a gardener and once a week works in an elderly home. The old ladies love him as he brings them cuttings from the garden and some of them even have little areas they tend themselves which he helps with so important to keep them included and busy. Many of them miss their beautiful gardens.

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  18. I think this is really important and I also wish this country was better in general with looking after our elderly.

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