Join us in this Webinar with Carol Grant on Loneliness and Social Isolation In Older People to discuss a growing problem of our modern age.
Feelings of loneliness and social isolation can affect people at any stage in their life, but are particularly acute for older people.
This Webinar will be presented by the author of that Briefing, Carol Grant and those attending will be invited online to discuss this with her and raise questions and comments about what can be done.
Carol Grant is a former journalist and Director of Communications at Shelter and the Local Government Association. She has been a consultant since 1998. She writes regularly for trade magazines and online. She’s an executive coach and mentor accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. She is a Trustee of Active Sussex, promoting health and wellbeing and physical activity for young people and adults.
The LGA together with Age UK have pointed out that “There is growing recognition that loneliness is a serious problem, with far reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities, which merits the attention of local authorities.” That same report highlighted that:
- Over 1 million older people say they are always of often feel lonely3
- 12 per cent of older people feel trapped in their own home4
- 6 per cent of older people leave their house once a week or less5
- 17 per cent of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and 11 per cent are in contact less than once a month6
- Over half (51 per cent) of all people aged 75 and over live alone7
- A recent systematic review found that loneliness can increase the risk of premature death by 30 per cent.
The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) are running a seminar in collaboration with GlobalNet21 in July to discuss this problem and to consider what action local authorities can take to engage with others to address it. They have already published a very good Briefing Paper on “Loneliness and social isolation in older people.”