Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

The theme for this years Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness. Most of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives. For many of us, particularly those in later life, loneliness can define our lives and have a significant dent on our wellbeing. However, Social Care can be instrumental in tackling loneliness in older adults.

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Like many older adults, May was struggling on her own but now she says she ‘couldn’t be happier’.

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As we get older we become particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. It is estimated that among those aged over 65, between 5 and 16 per cent report loneliness and 12 per cent feel isolated. These figures are predicated to increase further over the next 5-10 years without serious consideration.

Studies show that this acute loneliness and social isolation can impact gravely on wellbeing and quality of life, with demonstrable negative health effects. Being lonely has a significant and lasting negative effect on blood pressure. It is also associated with depression (either as a cause or as a consequence) and higher rates of mortality. 

At Fosse we are fighting against these shocking statistics. We strongly focus on helping vulnerable adults to remain independent whilst lending a helping hand where needed. Fosse has and will always advocate that social care isn’t just about providing that essential support. It’s good conversation. It’s laughter. It’s a friend.

With the right carers and a willingness to accept support, social care can make a huge difference in tackling loneliness amongst older adults.

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