End loneliness in the elderly
LONELINESS is as bad for us as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases our risk of dementia.
There are more than 800,000 older people in England who are chronically lonely.
This can be caused by many things, including ill health, bereavement and sensory loss.
But services and activities keeping older people connected are under threat.
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It is not too late for action. In the next six months new local forums for health and care officials will make decisions that could affect the future of these services.
These forums, known as health and wellbeing boards, are there to listen to us.
Loneliness Harms Health is a new campaign from the Campaign to End Loneliness, aiming to inspire people to urge health and wellbeing boards to act on loneliness. They need local campaigners.