New friendships for older people with Contact the Elderly

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The importance of social interaction for elderly adults

As you get older you might not have quite as many opportunities to socialise as you did when you were younger. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as mobility difficulties or general frailty. People who continue to maintain close friendships and/or find other ways to interact socially tend to live happier, healthier lives.

An active social life can reduce depression, lower blood pressure and potentially lower the effects of other cardiovascular problems.

With 10% of people over the age of 65 admitting to feeling chronically lonely, it is vital that friendships for older people are developed. Social activities and interaction basically prevent your brain from getting ‘rusty’. It is therefore important for elderly adults to keep their social connections strong. There are some great initiatives in the local community to stimulate and encourage social interaction.

One of these initiatives is set up by a charity called Contact the Elderly.

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling this loneliness and social isolation amongst older people, through regular face-to-face contact. Contact the Elderly organises monthly afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone. These tea parties offer a regular and vital friendship link every month.

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photo credit: Contact the Elderly

One Sunday afternoon a month, volunteer drivers take their older guests to a volunteer host’s home where they join a small group for tea, talk and companionship. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same and the groups are kept small so that everyone can join in and get to know each other.

Over time, the aim is that the connections and friendships made at the meetings turn into companionship. What a wonderful charity.

For more information about Contact the Elderly and/or a group near you, visit: www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

To see what everyone gets up to, or to find out more, visit their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ContacttheElderly

 

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Father and Son sing in aid of Alzheimer’s

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Carpool Karaoke with a twist

You might have seen the likes of James Corden with various celebrity passengers, singing their hearts out around L.A.

This video is slightly different, it is of a UK duo: 80 year-old father (Ted) and 40 year-old son (Simon). What makes it special is that Ted was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 and now struggles due to his declining memory, however, this song takes him back to singing at Butlins in his youth. It was at Butlins that he earned a nickname: The Songaminute Man.

You might have already seen this wonderfully heartwarming (and viral) video circulating around the internet already, but if you haven’t, here it is in its full glory. (If you don’t know Quando, Quando, Quando, it was performed by Englebert Humperdinck.)

 

As you can hear, Ted certainly hasn’t forgotten how to sing!

Simon set up a JustGiving page to help raise awareness and funds to fight dementia. The video has already racked up millions of views, and over £65,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Donate here.

 

Find out more about the specialist care we offer, including care for people with Alzheimer’s, here.

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