Action targets loneliness among the elderly


ACTION being taken to tackle social isolation among the elderly in South Tyneside has been outlined to borough health bosses.

The council’s health and wellbeing board is working to ensure that older people are supported to stay socially active and independent.

A report presented to the board has revealed that the borough has an ageing population, with about 9,973 older people living alone.

And more than 20 per cent of social care clients feel they do not get enough contact with people.

Studies also show about 60 per cent of older people admitted to hospital for confusion, falls at home, chest infections and heart failure may also have alcohol problems.

Now the council is working with South Tyneside Homes in identifying such individuals.

In a report to the board, Dan Patterson, the council’s information manager, says: “There are a range of interventions for alleviating loneliness and social isolation such as one-to-one interventions, group services and wider community engagement.”