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Be aware of older people’s mental wellbeing as lockdown eases

We are urging the people of Wales to continue checking in on their elderly loved ones and particularly those with dementia as lockdown restrictions ease. A recent survey by the Alzheimer’s Society of around 2,000 people with dementia found that 45% of respondents said lockdown had a negative impact on their mental health. The Coronavirus […]

Age UK launches Friend in Need service

We’re thrilled that Age UK has launched its new Friend in Need service for the people of Wales who are aged 70-years-old and above. The service provides free telephone friendship calls for people across the country. Services like this are especially important after the Coronavirus pandemic, when many elderly people have been isolated. They haven’t […]

Feeling lonely during lockdown

If you live alone, it is completely understandable that you might be feeling lonely at the moment. It’s natural when you’re feeling lonely to seek comfort from others, but with social distancing rules, this is difficult. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK. The […]

We’re supporting ‘Brew Monday’ campaign

We think The Samaritans’ ‘Brew Monday’ campaign is a fantastic way to help tackle loneliness, especially among the elderly, so we’re encouraging the kind folk of Wales to check in on their neighbours, friends or family members and have a cuppa and catch up. This time of year is known for being more depressing as […]

Call for ‘chat benches’ to combat loneliness in Wales

We’re calling for a new initiative to help tackle loneliness and isolation to be implemented in Wales. ‘Chat benches’ have been set up across Somerset by Avon & Somerset Police to help spark conversation between people in the county and we think the idea would work in Wales too. Loneliness and isolation is an epidemic […]

‘Happy to chat’ benches to combat loneliness

Avon & Somerset Police have rolled out ‘chat benches’ in Burnham-on-Sea, Taunton and Weston-super-Mare in a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation within the communities in these areas. Benches in Taunton’s Vivary Park, along Burnham-on-Sea’s seafront and in Weston-super-Mare’s Ashcombe Park, have had plaques attached with a sign that reads ‘The happy to chat bench […]

Royal Mail’s ‘Feet on the Street’ campaign to tackle loneliness

The Royal Mail has recently been trialling a new campaign to help tackle loneliness in older people. With 18% of the population now being over the age of 65 and many of them living alone, the Royal Mail has teamed up with Liverpool City Council and around 100 volunteers who are age 65 or over. […]

Do you know who I am poem

Our talented poet and carer, Dave William’s, has penned another poem for us to share with you. This time he’s written it from the eyes of an elderly gentleman: As I sit slumped in my chair in front of you Do you know who I am? In my mind’s eye I’m still me, But all […]

Can a care robot boost independence and reduce loneliness?

A culturally aware robot called Pepper, created by third year robotics and science students at Middlesex University, has recently spoken in Parliament about how it and other robots can care for the nation’s elderly populations in care homes and at home. During a recent Education Committee meeting Pepper explained that another similar robot is part […]

Pop a note in the post for an elderly person

When was the last time you received a letter or note in the post from a friend or family member? Something handwritten that someone didn’t dash off but that they spent time crafting and was popped in a cheery card that you could place with love on your mantelpiece, desk or pinboard? Many elderly folk […]