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 […]

Cadbury teams up with Age UK to tackle loneliness

Tackling loneliness and social isolation is important to us. We love to hear about any initiatives and ways that we and the general public can help. More than 1.4 million older people in the UK struggle with loneliness. 225,000 often go a whole week without speaking to anyone. Cadbury is donating the words from its […]

Having a healthy social life in your 50s and 60s could prevent onset of dementia

A new study by University College London (UCL) has revealed that being more socially active in your 50s and 60s can lead to a lower risk of developing dementia later on in life. Researchers used data from 10,228 participants of the Whitehall II study, who were asked on six occasions between 1985 and 2013 about […]

The hairdressing experience for people with dementia

Personal grooming and hair care can help enhance a person with dementia’s identity and self-expression. It can also help boost their self-confidence and provide some normality in a world that they might often find confusing. A recent study by Manchester and Stirling Universities found that the hairdressing experience can have a positive effect on people […]

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 […]

Abacare provides personality matches to combat social isolation

A CARE provider has revealed (July, 2017) it is able to match up its care worker’s personalities with that of its service users to help combat social isolation. Abacare’s care workers visit elderly service users who often live alone and as well as providing vital care they’re also a friendly face and someone for users […]

Providing personality matches for our service users

Elderly people are the most at risk of loneliness and social isolation and it can leave them feeling cut off from the outside world. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness more than 51% of people aged 75 and over live alone. Research has also found that two fifths of older people say the television […]