‘Contact The Elderly’ campaign highlights loneliness
- December 18, 2015
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‘Just a cup of tea makes a difference’ – that’s the message from the latest appeal from The Times to raise awareness of loneliness.
Writer Carol Midgley is hoping that the story she has to tell will encourage others to support her ‘Contact The Elderly’ campaign.
In her article (which you can read in full here), Carol tells the story of 83-year-old John, whose wife had always looked out for him. But when she was diagnosed with dementia, the tables turned and John began to care for his wife, Jean.
Jean moved to a care home after a few years and John struggled with being at home alone, until he found a local scheme to help the elderly to get out of their hoes and interact with other people.
The venue for meet-ups is the waiting room of a GP centre, where those attending can chat more informally about their worries and ailment.
Practice manager Deepa Gnanasundaram summed it up by saying:
“It’s quite moving to know that just a cup of tea and the companionship of someone can make such a difference.”
John has attended five get-togethers and says they are perfect for getting to know people whom he would never normally meet.
“They just make you feel better,” he said.