Care group urges local action to combat loneliness crisis
In an urgent call to action, Bluebird Care, a leading home care provider with branches in Solihull and Birmingham West, are sounding the alarm on the escalating loneliness crisis within our community.
As Loneliness Awareness Week approaches they urge every local resident to step up and help end this silent epidemic that is taking a toll on the well-being and lives of our neighbours, friends, and relatives.
Loneliness Awareness Week, organised by the Marmalade Trust, is a dedicated initiative aimed at raising awareness about loneliness and sparking conversations around this pressing issue. It serves as a vital platform to address the prevalent problem of loneliness, especially among the elderly population. In the UK alone, more than 3 million individuals frequently experience loneliness or endure a constant sense of isolation, which takes a toll on their emotional and mental well-being.
Bluebird Care’s deep concern for loneliness is driven by their firsthand experience witnessing the alarming rise in dementia cases. According to a notable study by Holt-Lunstad and Smith (2017), individuals in social isolation faced an almost 50% increase in the risk of developing dementia. With the proportion of people diagnosed with dementia in the UK doubling from 2005 to 2015, and projections indicating over 1.5 million people with dementia by 2040, the link between loneliness and dementia becomes even more concerning. These statistics highlight the urgent need to address loneliness as a critical risk factor and emphasise the importance of fostering social connections and community support.
Furthermore, the impact of dementia on mortality rates is significant. Almost one in eight people died from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in 2018. These statistics underscore the devastating consequences of the disease and the importance of addressing its risk factors, including loneliness.
“We believe that fostering strong community connections and supporting the elderly in maintaining social interactions can have a positive impact on their mental well-being and potentially reduce the risk of dementia,” said Indy Goraya, Managing Director of Bluebird Care.
“By dedicating time to visit and engage with elderly friends, neighbours, and relatives, we can combat loneliness and contribute to a healthier and more connected society.”
Bluebird Care Solihull and Birmingham West are committed to providing quality care services that prioritise the emotional well-being of their clients. They encourage community members to actively participate in Loneliness Awareness Week by taking these three impactful actions:
● Reach out and connect: Take the initiative to reach out to elderly friends, neighbours, and relatives who may be experiencing loneliness. A simple phone call, visit, or invitation for a cup of tea can make a world of difference in their day and provide valuable social interaction.
● Volunteer in the community: Get involved in local organisations or community groups that focus on reducing loneliness and supporting the elderly.
● Spread awareness: Use social media to share information about the impact of loneliness and the link to dementia with your friends, family, and community.