19 October 2022
5 tips to help reduce loneliness among older people
As a society, our population is rapidly ageing – which leaves more and more older people in need of support. The number of older people suffering from loneliness and isolation is staggering, with estimates finding that as many as 1.4 million people among our older population are struggling. In turn, this can have numerous severe complications and consequences on their health, wellbeing, and quality of life.
However, it shouldn’t have to be this way – and with today’s five simple tips, you can help make a difference and support the reduction of loneliness among older people. Whether you’re looking to improve your own life or the lives of those around you, there are plenty of ways to help.
5 simple tips to help reduce loneliness among the older population
The older population can often seem a little forgotten about when discussing loneliness, and we’re all leading busy lives – making it harder than ever to spend time with our parents, grandparents, cousins, elderly friends, and the like. Today’s five simple tips can go a long way towards helping reduce feelings of loneliness and improve their mental wellbeing overall.
#1 Start a conversation
One of the best ways you can help reduce loneliness among the older population is simple—talk about it with the people in your life. Whether you’re feeling lonely yourself or if a loved one is struggling with loneliness, sharing these stories is one quick step to raise awareness of the issue.
#2 Connect with other people
Unfortunately, one of the main causes of loneliness among the older population is losing connections with friends and family members, be it because they have moved away or for other reasons. With this thought in mind, sometimes, it may prove necessary to connect with other people as well outside of your established circle. It can feel a little out of your comfort zone to begin with, but it is worth it in the long run.
#3 Keep a full diary
Ensuring you (or your loved one) have plenty of planned activities is crucial in preventing loneliness from taking hold. Even solitary activities can help provide a significant endorphin boost, making the feelings of loneliness far less pronounced. And in the meantime, booking in plenty of activities with other people can significantly help. It is always helpful to have things to look forward to.
#4 Using technology
Many people in the older population struggle when it comes to computer technology. However, if you can spend a little time learning or teaching computer technology and systems, older people can keep in touch with their families and loved ones much more easily.
At Delta Wellbeing, we support our clients’ social connectedness through services such as digital inclusion with bespoke digital tools like the Connect2U app—a virtual social network to create virtual communities of interest. We can support people to engage with their community and create better connections.
#5 Join community activities
Most communities offer a wide selection of excellent community activities; engaging with these could be ideal when experiencing loneliness. From quiz nights to church meetings, book clubs, walking groups, bingo groups, and so much more, there is really something for everyone. Plus, you (or your loved one) will also get to meet new people who share common interests. It’s a great way to make new friends and fill up your diary.
Find out more about tackling loneliness
Loneliness can seem like a challenge that’s impossible to beat. However, this isn’t true in the slightest, and you can personally make a huge difference by making an active effort every day.
If you need any further ideas or advice on how to help tackle loneliness among older people, please don’t hesitate to contact our experts here at Delta Wellbeing. We’re here to help support you and your loved ones, and we can support individuals to have a happy, healthy, and independent lifestyle. Call us on 0300 333 2222 to discuss more or visit our website at www.deltawellbeing.org.uk.