Lonely older people are more likely to have depression, dementia, and they’re more likely to be inactive. The picture gets worse, lonely older people are nearly twice as likely to go to the GP, one and a half times more likely to need to visit A&E, and are three and a half times more likely to go into residential care…
All because they are lonely…
Age UK Hereford and Worcester offer the Reconnections service partnering with Rooftop who hosted a meeting of the partner groups on Wednesday 29 November.
The Reconnections project aims to enable older people to become reconnected with friends, with family and with the local community; to make those human connections that make life better, and healthier.
In Worcestershire research has shown that 600,000 people only leave home once a week. Up to 35,000 people may experience loneliness and 11,500 are chronically lonely.
So far the project which started earlier this year has Reconnected over 500 local people and 88 people in Worcestershire were referred to the service last month.
The groups who attended to find out more about the project and were asked to sign a community pledge. The pledge committed them to referring older people to the Reconnections service, as well as recruiting volunteers in their local communities.
Volunteers with Reconnections provide a vital role in supporting and encouraging lonely people by providing one to one support to join a range of activities. Local people are asked to join the scheme as volunteers – please get in contact with Rooftop on 01386 420800 if you would like to volunteer. If you would like to refer an older person to the Reconnections service please contact 0800 195 8040.