Loneliness in older people is a national epidemic - and the impacts are felt no harder than during the Christmas period when it's estimated that almost one million over 65s will spend significant periods of the festive season alone (Age UK, 2017). For these people, Christmas really isn't the most wonderful time of the year.
However, with your help, we can reduce loneliness and isolation for older people.
MHA’s Live at Home schemes offer social contact and support to more than 10,300 older people across the UK who might otherwise be living in isolation, at Christmas and all year round.
The schemes provide a wonderful lifeline from social isolation by offering a wide variety of events and activities aimed to combat loneliness in later life and encourage new friendships and connections to flourish - an essential community service considering that those aged over 75-years-old have no meaningful contact for 80% of the week (MHA, 2017).
For 76-year-old Marian, joining her local scheme helped her move forwards after losing her husband and moving to a new area.
With your Good Deed, together, we can give the gift of a happier Christmas to even more older people at risk of isolation. People like Marian. From just £3, you could make a huge difference.
"Live at Home helps reduce loneliness. It gets you out of the house. I live in a retirement complex where sometimes residents seem to shut themselves away. With Live at Home I'm able to meet and talk to lots of other people."
"What would I do without Live at Home? It makes it much better for me to carry on. They are arranging some outings on a barge soon, so I hope to go. It’s such a good scheme for people like me who live on their own."
"Live at Home has made such a difference to my life. I live alone and don’t have immediate family close by, but the friends I have now, I met here. The volunteers work so hard, and everyone at the club is lovely. These are the people I can call friends now."
"After I joined Live at Home, it was as though my prayers had been answered. It changed my life 100%. I can get a minibus to take me there and back, and once I’m there, I’m in a beautiful room with lots of windows and light, and people I can talk to."
"Attending Live at Home is the only time I get out of the house each week. I used to spend Christmas with my family but since they moved to Cornwall and London and my wife passed away, I don’t make plans anymore. I live alone a day at a time now but grateful that I’m still here for another Christmas."
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