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Loneliness Awareness Week is a special time for us to support the members of our community who may feel isolated. It’s a reminder of the often-overlooked concern of loneliness that affects many individuals, including the elderly.

Understanding loneliness in the elderly

Many older adults experience feelings of isolation due to factors such as retirement, the loss of loved ones, or limited mobility. It’s not just a fleeting feeling; it can lead to health concerns.

How to support the elderly with loneliness

1. Start a conversations

Sometimes, all it takes to brighten someone’s day is a conversation. We can reach out by phone or, even better, visit in person. Ask about their day, listening to their stories, and showing genuine care, can make them feel valued and heard.

2. Encourage participation in activities

Helping loved ones connect with their community can be incredibly beneficial. Many local centres offer activities designed for seniors, from hobby classes to social gatherings. These events provide wonderful opportunities for making new friends and staying engaged.

3. Offer help with technology

Technology can be a fantastic tool to keep in touch, introducing new ways for them to stay connected with loved ones and meet new people online. 

4. Volunteer your time

Volunteering with organisations that support the elderly can make a huge difference. Whether by delivering meals, providing transportation, or offering companionship, your time and effort can make an impact.

5. Promote physical activity

Encouraging gentle physical activities, and staying active is good for physical health and boosts mood and well-being.

Small, thoughtful gestures can help our elderly feel less isolated and more valued. At the Fremantle Trust, our wonderful residents created special cards to share with local hospitals and hospices. We hope to remind everyone that they are not alone and that someone is always thinking of them.