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Feelings of loneliness and social isolation can affect people at any stage in their life, but are particularly acute for older people. Research has made important distinctions between the two states, looked at some of the risk factors and identified the effects both on individuals and public services, particularly in social care and health.

In this short Webinar Module we explore with Carol Grant the problem of loneliness and isolation that older people often suffer in our communities and discuss strategic ways that authorities and communities can work together to tackle this problem. 

This Webinar Module is developed in collaboration with the Local Government Information Unit LGiU - a think tank and local authority membership organisation as well as a registered charity; and what we are about is pretty simple. We are all about people and the places where we live: we are about the everyday essentials that make life work – health, schools, homes, jobs, support, open spaces and the rest. And the thread that weaves through all our work is our core belief that all these essentials are best when they are designed and delivered locally.

Documentary about Caring and Loneliness for the Elderly

This is a 7 minute documentary on caring for the elderly highlighting isolation and loneliness in Ireland. We documented the stories of two elderly women who are cared for, one carer and Anne Dempsey from Third Age Ireland.

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Older people talk about how frailty can lead to loneliness and isolation

Older people talk about how frailty can lead to loneliness and isolation. For more information on Age UK's research into frailty in later life, visithttp://www.ageuk.org.uk/frailty

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What does it feel like to be old and alone?

The charity Campaign to End Loneliness says that one million of us are already suffering from acute loneliness, while two and a half million over 60s fear they could end up similarly isolated..

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Help us end loneliness

Barbara Flynn felt as if life wasn't worth living, until she was put in touch with Age UK's Call in Time telephone befriending service. Just one call can change a life. To find out more about Age UK's befriending services, visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/befriending

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