With growing awareness of the problem of loneliness in later life and the harmful impact it can have, Clarion is bringing together a number of specialists including well-known TV presenter and medical broadcaster, Dr Hilary Jones, to discuss the issue.
Aimed at healthcare and social care businesses, local authorities and charities, the law firm’s Loneliness Summit on 10th September will ask what private and public sector organisations are doing to beat the loneliness epidemic and help baby boomers to boom and future generations to thrive.
Dr Jones is a familiar and trusted face to millions, dispensing sound medical advice on screen and radio, and in national newspapers and books. He is also medical adviser to Bradford-based Acorn Stairlifts, one of the world’s leading stairlift providers.
Dr Jones comments: “If the problem was not bad enough already, it is a national and cultural tragedy that according to age UK, two million people aged over 50 will be suffering from loneliness in just five years’ time. Suffering is the right word because loneliness begets isolation, depression and anxiety and paranoia, leading in turn to significant cognitive impairment and premature dementia.
“Yet so many of our elderly folk have the wisdom, experience, wit and humour that younger generations could benefit from hugely. If only our society would include them more and engage with them instead of marginalising them. That’s why I’m passionate about the subject and why I am delighted to be attending Clarion’s Loneliness Summit in Leeds this September. The aim is to help change the problem of loneliness forever. And no old excuses.”
Other speakers include a representative of Leeds University who will discuss recent research topic – an exploratory study investigating older people’s social relationships within residential care settings.
A speaker from Turnstall Healthcare, a market leading provider of connected care and health solutions, will be explaining how it is using pioneering technology to support those with health and care needs, enabling them to live independently as long as possible. Finally, spokespeople from Friends Against Scams, will advise about how to best prevent and protect vulnerable people from scams.
Caroline Broad, business development manager at Clarion, said: “With more than two million people in the UK over the age of 75 now living alone and life expectancy continuing to increase, loneliness is a growing problem and one that can have a significant impact on health, well-being and the nation’s public services.
“The aim of the summit is to provide an insight into how loneliness affects the UK, taking a look not only at the trends and challenges we are facing, but also hearing from a range of experts about the opportunities and the latest developments in alleviating some of the problems.”
The seminar will be followed by a short panel discussion with Leeds Community Foundation, Shared Lives Plus and Sporting Memories Foundation outlining how they connect communities and try to prevent loneliness and isolation.
The event will take place on Tuesday 10th September from 12.30-3.30pm at Clarion’s Elizabeth House offices on Queen Street, Leeds. To find out more, or to reserve your place, contact the Marketing Team on (0113) 336 3348 or visit Clarion’s events page.