Reconnections is a new programme aimed at tackling loneliness amongst older people living in Worcestershire. The Reconnections team is a partnership of local organisations, led by Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire, who have experience and understanding of the issues people face in later life.
•There are 15,000 older people in Worcestershire who are potentially lonely
•9% of people over the age of 65 feel cut off from society
•50% of all older people consider the Television as their main form of company
•5% of people over the age of 65 spent Christmas Day alone
•Feeling lonely is as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
•17% of older people have less than weekly contact with their family, friends and neighbours
BBC Midlands Today recently visited our centre to do a short film about Reconnections, check it out below -