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 […]

Tables for tackling loneliness

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s recently conducted research, which found that one in ten people feel lonely all or most of the time. It’s now hoping to tackle this with the launch of its new Talking Tables scheme. The initiative is in association with the Chatty Café Scheme, which asks stores and cafes to set up dedicated […]

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 […]

Activities for the elderly to do at Easter

Last week we blogged about the importance of helping the elderly feel less alone at Easter, so if you’re planning on having an elderly relative, friend or neighbour over to your house or you’re planning on paying them a visit and spending the day together, then we’ve put together some helpful ideas for activities you […]

We’re encouraging visits to the elderly this Easter

Alongside Christmas, Easter can be one of the loneliest times of the year for the elderly, which is why we’re encouraging people to check in on their elderly relatives and neighbours over the break. At Easter people take advantage of the long weekend to book two week holidays or to get stuck into household projects […]

Activities to do with a lonely elderly person on Valentine’s Day

While many of us indulge in gifts, flowers and a romantic meal out on Valentine’s Day, there are many people, the elderly in particular, who find it to be a difficult day as they have lost a partner. If you have a parent or a friend/neighbour who has lost a loved-one, it’s a good idea […]

How social media can help loneliness in the elderly

A common myth among the elderly is that they’re much too old to be using social media and that it is mainly for the younger generation. In fact, adults aged between 65 and 74 are almost twice as likely to use a smartphone now compared to 2012. Sixty percent of us now have a Facebook […]

Abacare supports Bisto’s Open door Sunday campaign

STAFF at a care provider in Wales are getting behind a campaign to help battle loneliness in communities (May, 2017). Abacare is supporting Bisto’s Open door Sunday campaign and is encouraging people to invite neighbours, especially the elderly, round for a roast in attempt to boost community spirit. Peter Angelides, CEO of the award-winning Abacare, […]

How gardening can help the elderly

Many people might be under the illusion that gardening is back-breaking work, only for the young and more mobile among us but they couldn’t be more wrong! Gardening is great for people of all ages and has many benefits for the mind and body. Our carers regularly encourage service users to get into the garden […]