How to stop Loneliness and Isolation in Later Life

The Balanced Lives programme combines gentle exercise with care, advice and understanding the needs of the individual

Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to health: research shows that lacking social connection is as damaging to health as smoking. There is a close association between loneliness, poor physical health and cognitive decline

Addressing loneliness and isolation in older people has wider benefits for families, carers and communities

Susan's story:

I’ve had quite a few things happen to me. I lost my husband 4 years ago, then I had to move house. I got through that then I discovered I had breast cancer. You look around for different things to do, to bring you out of yourself. I think what I get from Balanced Lives is the thought that I am moving. I went to a carers group and felt I had the support. It’s the same here, with the combination of physical wellbeing and mental support, which is very important.  

* We have helped over 1200 people to turn their lives around and regain the zest for life

* Most people over 70 are below the minimum level of physical activity as recommended in guidelines issued by the NHS