Bring your community together & help those over 50 to overcome isolation

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Hello Birmingham!

We want to show what a big friendly city we are, and this is how you can get involved! 

Ageing Together Week takes place across the city from Monday 21 January to Sunday 27 January 2019. It's set up by us here at Ageing Better in Birmingham and we encourage everyone to join in; businesses and organisations as well as community groups and individual citizens! 

Find out what's happening across the city:Whats On during Ageing Together Week 2019

 

Human company is vital to our happiness. Without it, we are more likely to experience a decline in physical and mental wellbeing. Recent studies demonstrate links with stress, lower self-esteem, disturbed sleep, cardiovascular disease, dementia and other mental health outcomes. Loneliness is said to have the same effect on a person’s health, equivalent to that of smoking or alcoholism, and more severe than not exercising or obesity.

We urge you to speak to your neighbour, partake in citizen-led activities and to raise awareness of isolation in Birmingham and how it can be prevented. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the problem and to encourage neighbours to get together and help make their neighbourhood a better place to grow older, by way of including those isolated older people who may not leave the house or have many opportunities to speak to people. 

 

The facts

  • By 2020, almost 57,000 people aged 65 plus will be living alone in the city, increasing their risk of being isolated. These proportions are higher than the England and regional figures. 
  • Spending time getting to know someone who is isolated can change their life.
  • People don’t have to be isolated or lonely, everyone can help make Birmingham a better place in which to grow older, by speaking to their neighbours and spending time together.
  • Feeling alone and isolated is a negative emotional experience and can adversely affect both physical health and mental well-being and recent studies suggest it can contribute towards stress, lower self-esteem, disturbed sleep, cardiovascular disease, dementia and other mental health outcomes.

 

For people and organisations wishing to take part we have compiled an online resource pack with information: 

 

Factsheet Ageing Together Week 2019

Social Media Pack Ageing Together Week 2019

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Whats On during Ageing Together Week 2019
32% of participants on the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, reported a decrease in loneliness. The programme is as much about reducing isolation, as it is about preventing it happening in the first place.

And if you wish to explore further, what impact the national Ageing Better programmes are having, take a look at the below Learning Reports, from Ageing Better programmes across England:

Groups at risk of marginalisation

Community Connector models tested by the Ageing Better programme

 

To get involved, speak to Elina by calling 0121 678 8808 or email

 

The week is organised by Ageing Better in Birmingham which is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme. It is set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for people over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.

 

 Jeraldene Maria Millie and friends