Reducing social isolation in older people
A social group for the over 55’s is flourishing due to the common theme that they have all relocated from London to the South West.
The group, is designed to allow residents to forge relationships within the local area and reduces the risk of social isolation. It meets every other week and includes a guest speaker plus an activity during each session. Local dementia charity Reminiscence Learning recently held a line dancing session after residents expressed their preferred activities.
LiveWest’s Community Connector Shona Stone said: “This is a great inclusive session for all. We had plenty of people who wanted to get up and have a go, while others get into the spirit by clapping along to the music.
“The social group is key to reducing and sometimes preventing social isolation and is making use of a LiveWest community hall, which is located in the heart of the community.
“It also provides the opportunity for other groups in the community to get to know our residents in a safe environment, which helps to create stable and successful community cohesion.
“It also provides the housing officer with an opportunity to hold a regular drop-in surgery to deal with any housing enquiries.”
The line dancing took place at LiveWest’s Salisbury Hall. Most of the activity sessions are provided for free by local organisations and charities, who want to promote their work and get to know the local community.
Other organisations which use the hall includes Cuckoo Meadow Youth Club and Age UK Somerset, who hold tai chi sessions.
LiveWest has also joined forces with Magna Housing and invited their over-55 residents to attend the sessions.
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This post was originally uploaded on 6 November 2018 and updated on 12 February 2019