According to the Campaign to End Loneliness Organisation, there are over 700,000 people in the UK aged over 65 that say they feel lonely. It is estimated that 20 percent of elderly people in the UK are mildly lonely and 8–10 percent are intensely lonely.
Studies show that loneliness can have a significant impact on mental and physical health. Human beings are social creatures and meaningful social interactions are crucial for our overall well-being. So how can you help to stop the feeling of loneliness in those you love?
Tips on how to stop the feeling of loneliness
Addressing loneliness often involves seeking social support from friends, family, support groups or a professional Carer. Increasing interactions with these people can play a crucial role in reducing loneliness and the negative effects it has on the mental and physical health of elderly family members.
- Support their independence as much as possible. Feeling in control of their lives can positively impact your loved one’s mental well-being.
- Encourage their participation in social activities, such as community events, day centres, clubs or specialist dementia cafés. Local support groups can provide opportunities to share experiences, receive support and build new friendships.
- Teach them how to use technology to stay in contact with friends and family. Video calls, social media and messaging apps can help bridge the gap if you live far away.
- Look for local activities that align with their interests, such as volunteering at an animal shelter, working in a second-hand shop, mentoring a younger person or helping out at a community garden.
- Encourage them to engage with their hobbies, which could be gardening, baking, reading, crafting or any other pastime that brings them joy.
- If suitable, suggest they get a pet. Animals can provide companionship and are known to reduce the feelings of loneliness.
- Regular visits from family and friends can significantly impact their emotional well-being. If you live far away or are unable to visit regularly, consider engaging a companion style of care.
- Suggest they share meals with friends, neighbours or within a community setting, as eating alone can contribute to the feeling of isolation.
- Explore local community programs that cater to the elderly, such as senior exercise classes, book clubs, art workshops, choir or amateur dramatics.
- Advise that they get regular health checkups with their GP. Addressing physical or mental health issues early on can help to prevent isolation due to health concerns.
- Encourage storytelling and reminiscing about their life experiences. Sharing memories can be a fulfilling way to connect with others.
- You could consider professional elder care assistance, such as daily or live-in care services, to provide support and companionship for your loved ones.
Why choose Bright Care
Our style of companionship care supports our clients to remain living an independent and meaningful life within their own homes. Our exceptional Carers will encourage your loved ones to stay busy, be socially active, get out and about, engage in stimulating conversation and live a purposeful and joyful life in their later years.
- 12 percent of older people feel trapped in their own home. With our tailored care services, your loved ones receive support with outings and attending social events.
- Over half of all people aged 75 and over live alone. Our live-in care provides consistent companionship and 24/7 support.
- About 3.8 million older people live alone, and 70 percent are women over 65. Our exceptional Carers can help around the house with laundry, vacuuming, dusting, cooking, baking and gardening.
Get in touch
If you would like to know more about the companionship care we offer to those in their later years, our team can talk you through the options available, please get in touch.
We are currently recruiting exceptional Care Assistants. We offer a competitive salary and good benefits. If you would like to join our team, providing private in-home care and companionship, please apply now.