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How can we reduce loneliness among the elderly?

... How can we reduce loneliness among the elderly? loneliness, community, companionship, The When They Get Older team recently had the chance to contribute their expertise to a project run by Interact Arts Community Interest Company called "Behind Closed Doors" which focused on the ...

Tackling the emerging loneliness crisis for older men

... Tackling the emerging loneliness crisis for older men loneliness, companionship, exercise, healthy eating, The number of older men living alone is set to increase by 65% by 2030 according to a report published in October 2014. Andrew Kaye, Head of Policy and ...

Is loneliness now an epidemic among the elderly?

... Is loneliness now an epidemic among the elderly? loneliness, community, companionship, mental health Loneliness among the UK's ageing population is widely publicised as a health hazard which can increase the risk of depression, dementia and heart attacks. The size of the loneliness challenge ...

How tea parties help to ward off loneliness

... How tea parties help to ward off loneliness loneliness, companionship, mobility, community, story This week's storyteller is Gemma. Gemma tells us how she became a volunteer driver for Contact the Elderly. She describes the benefits of attending the charity's free monthly tea parties ...

10 good reasons for older people to get into social media

... . By helping parents take those first tentative steps to get online, you can play a key role in combating the appalling trend of loneliness that exists among the over 65s. Care home operator Caring Homes offers reasons as to why you should encourage an older parent or ...

Helping parents to avoid depression

... Helping parents to avoid depression Depression, Mental Health, Loneliness, Relationships, Retirement With depression known to be a real risk in an ageing population, there are many ways that we can help our parents to keep active and independent to stave off the gloom. ...

Could animal assisted therapy improve your parent's health?

... Could animal assisted therapy improve your parent's health? pets, loneliness, mental health, dementia, alzheimer's We explore the potential benefits of pet therapy as a way to relax and encourage our parents wherever they reside. As our parents get older, and perhaps begin ...

What are the retirement housing options for my parents?

... What are the retirement housing options for my parents? loneliness, independence, community, mobility, companionship Life is not a matter of one giant leap from independent living at home to taking up residence in a care home. The choices can be confusing though. ...

How to find the right insurance for your parent's pet

... How to find the right insurance for your parent's pet insurance, pets, money, loneliness Whether your parent has a pet already or is looking for a new furry friend it's good to know what to consider when choosing pet insurance. Ashley Shepherd, Managing Director ...

Is a pet for your parent a good idea?

... Is a pet for your parent a good idea? Pets, Loneliness, mental health, insurance, Pets are often recommended as good companions for the lonely or housebound. What are the pros and cons of pet ownership as your parents grow frailer, and how ...