Ageing Together Week takes place across Birmingham from Monday, January 21 to Sunday, January 27, 2019 to raise awareness of isolation and spread the message that people do not need to be alone. Citizens, community groups and organisations are encouraged to get involved.
By 2020, in Birmingham, almost 57,000 people aged 65 plus will be living alone. Nationally, the number of people who report feeling lonely has more than doubled since 1980.
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.
Communities up and down the country are making a di......