Tackling loneliness in old age

 Infinite Oasis Care

Elderly people socialise at Infinite Oasis Care

It’s a sad and increasing fact that many older adults become socially isolated and lonely. Times change, friends or family move away, or have to work increasing hours.

As we age, our own physical or mental health challenges can further separate us from our communities and make us housebound.

Infinite Oasis Care, nears Bakers Arms in Leyton, offers a ray of hope to local residents by providing a range of activities encouraging older people to develop new friendships. It is a small local charity that offers day opportunities and group sessions for older adults, many with dementia.

Social isolation and loneliness have a huge detrimental effect on health and wellbeing. Studies show that being lonely or isolated can impact on blood pressure, and is closely linked to depression.

Lorna Wisdom, the Infinite Oasis Care’s project manager, said: “We ensure everyone that attends our groups has a regular health check that includes following a healthy diet, and taking part in regular exercise with our qualified personal trainer.

“It’s essential to reduce risk factors of further health complications.”

The impact of loneliness and social isolation on an individual’s health and wellbeing has cost implications for health and social care services, and so investment is needed to ensure that voluntary organisations can continue to help alleviate loneliness and improve the quality of life of older people when other services are being reduced.

Lorna added: “We’ve some very exciting projects over the coming months, starting with Colourful Memories, a creative arts project in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.

“The project will provide four weeks of creative arts for local people newly diagnosed with dementia.”

Colourful Memories starts on 6th November at 10.30am. Infinite Oasis Care is also holding a fundraising ball to support the valuable services they provide to older people in Waltham Forest.

For more information call Lorna Wisdom on 0208 558 2552 or visit www.infiniteoasiscare.co.uk