The pace of modern life is leaving many older people alone and isolated. With 14.7 million over 60’s in the UK and a projected 20 million by 2030, we are starting to see the beginnings of harsh reality to come.
- Nearly 2.5 million older people live alone
- Loneliness is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
- Over 65s spend an estimated 80% of their time in their homes
- Half of all older people list the television a their main form of company
- People with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people less lonely.
- 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with dementia.
We know many of the faces behind these statistics and it is why we’ve made it our mission to work against this truth.
We will create accessible, original and fun activities for older people
We will support care facilities to meet the requirements of the Care Quality Commission by; fulfilling targets for people to ‘be given opportunities, encouragement and support to […] live independently as possible”
We will reduce loneliness and improve emotional wellbeing of our beneficiaries
We will encourage more 18-30 year olds to volunteer with us and in care service
We will make elements of the outdoors accessible to all of the older people we work with
Our work encourages conversation and friendship. These bonds provide us with:
The opportunity to connect with nature and others
Improved mental health through sense of purpose and achievement
Acquiring new skills and hobbies
Soothing sensory and reminiscence experiences
Gentle physical activity