Event: E-Learning Webinar: Loneliness & Social Isolation In Older People

Date
21 Mar 2017, 11:00–12:00
Venue
Online Event
Rates

LGiU and Non-Members: £34.95 +VAT

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Description

This is pre-recorded Webinar with Carol Grant, LGIU Associate, on Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older People to discuss a growing problem of our modern age.

Feelings of loneliness and social isolation can affect people at any stage in their life, but are particularly acute for older people.

This Webinar will be presented by the author of a Briefing on Isolation written for the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), Carol Grant and those attending will be invited online to discuss this with her and raise questions and comments about what can be done.

The LGA together with Age UK pointed out that “There is growing recognition that loneliness is a serious problem, with far-reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities, which merits the attention of local authorities.”

That same report highlighted that:

  • Over 1 million older people say they are always of often feel lonely
  • 12% of older people feel trapped in their own home
  • 6% of older people leave their house once a week or less
  • 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and 11% are in contact less than once a month
  • Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone
  • A recent systematic review found that loneliness can increase the risk of premature death by 30%.
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Who should attend?

This e-learning module provides a meeting point for leading stakeholder and community engagement leaders and professionals, sharing knowledge, tools and strategies to achieve success in creating mutually beneficial outcomes for both themselves, their stakeholders and the communities in which they operate. It will be of value to those working in local authorities, colleges and the voluntary sector and who are engaged in building bridges across communities.

Speakers

Francis Sealey, GlobalNet21, a former producer at the BBC for The Open University, Francis has extensive experience of engaging with local communities and the use of social media.

Carol Grant is a former journalist and Director of Communications at Shelter and the Local Government Association. She has been a consultant since 1998. She writes regularly for trade magazines and online. She’s an executive coach and mentor accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. She is a Trustee of Active Sussex, promoting health and wellbeing and physical activity for young people and adults. Carol authored the LGiU Briefing Paper on Loneliness & Social Isolation.

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