Reconnections for Professionals
Reconnections aims to help older people in Worcestershire to improve their health and wellbeing by tackling the causes of loneliness and isolation.
We work with individuals over the age of 50 on a one-to-one basis, helping them to improve their confidence and connect with local services and activities that suit their interests. Reconnections supports health and care professionals to treat individuals holistically, by providing a referral pathway that meets older people’s non-medical needs.
Why tackle loneliness?
- 9 times more likely to visit the GP,
- 6 times more likely to visit A&E,
- 3 times more likely to have an emergency admission, and
- 5 times more likely to enter local authority-funded residential care
Increased service usage can be estimated at costs of c. £12,000 per lonely individual Additionally, lonely older people are:
- 4 times more likely have depression,
- 9 times more likely to develop dementia in the following 15 years, and
- Two-thirds more likely to be inactive, which may lead to a 7% increased likelihood of diabetes, 8% increased likelihood of stroke and 14% increased likelihood of CHD
- Isolation equivalent impact on mortality to smoking 15 cigarettes a day
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“A Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Address Loneliness,” Personality and Social Psychology Review (2011)
Get in touch
T: 01905 740954 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Malvern Gate, Bromwich Road, Worcester, WR2 4BN Charity no: 1080545