Response to Campaign to End Loneliness survey and guidance for councils - Independent Age, Janet Morrison
The Campaign to End Loneliness has released a survey and new onlineguidanceadvising local authorities of the essential services that are needed to support lonely older people.
Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity and founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness, said:
"The physical and mental health consequences of loneliness for older people must not be underestimated and we support the call on local authorities to take more action in preventing and reducing loneliness. We welcome the new guidance for local authorities and in particular the reminder that there are real benefits for councils in tackling isolation and loneliness. Not only are there potential savings for health and social care services but lonely and isolated people are valuable members of their communities, with skills and knowledge to share."
About Independent Age
Independent Age is a growing charity helping older people across the UK to live more independent, fulfilling lives.
Founded over 150 years ago, we are an established voice for older people and their families and carers, offering free advice and information and providing services, such as befriending, to promote wellbeing and reduce loneliness.
In addition to this, we use the knowledge and understanding gained from our frontline services to campaign on issues that affect older people, like poverty, loneliness and carers’ rights.
For more information, visit our website www.independentage.org
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