As most of us adjust to more social freedom, sadly, many older people remain fearful, isolated, and alone. Our campaign will enable us to work directly with circa 250 older people, to assess and prioritise those in crisis and to support those in need of longer-term connection and wellbeing services.
Registered Charity in Northern Ireland (NIC104640)
Older people have spoken to us about heightened levels of fear, loneliness and isolation. Support systems have been reduced or withdrawn. Older people say they feel invisible, with decisions being made for them rather than with them. Many are fearful and don’t know where to turn. Increased loneliness and low levels of physical activity continue to have a significant impact on the resilience, physical and mental wellbeing of older people and frailty is accelerating at a frightening rate.
Age NI assesses older people’s needs, to identify the level of intervention required from crisis to longer term resilience and mental wellbeing support. Onward referral to other Age NI services includes First Connect, providing emotional and practical support, Check in and Chat telephone service, and Advice Line support on housing, welfare, and health & social care. Age NI’s services offer a lifeline, friendship and put a purpose back in the lives of the older people who connect with us.
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