Age Alliance set to run loneliness and isolation survey
With the theme for 2015’s Older Peoples Day on the October 1 set as ‘loneliness and isolation’, Dudley’s Age Alliance is carrying out research around the topic in run up to the day.
An informal survey will be conducted across the five towns of Dudley Borough by the Age Alliance. The survey aims to highlight the issues and effects of loneliness on older people, as well as finding out about people’s experiences in Dudley.
Age Alliance will be setting up various road shows in locations across Dudley borough to encourage a widespread participation in the survey. The survey will also promote and support inter-generational activity as health and social care students from Dudley College will participate at one of the road shows.
The road shows will be held in the Cornbow Centre, Halesowen (June 25), Churchill Precinct, Dudley (July 3), Co-op Food Store, Sedgley (July 10), Merry Hill Centre (July 16) and the Rye Market, Stourbridge (July 23).
The online issue of the survey can be found and completed here-https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Age_Alliance
A paper survey for people will also be issued at the road shows. The outcomes and results will be used in a conference at Brierley Hill Civic Hall to be held on October 1 for Older Peoples Day. Further details will follow.
Age Alliance in Dudley is an informal partnership of organisations across all sectors working together to improve older life in the borough. Key partners include Dudley Council, Healthwatch Dudley, Dudley CCG, Age UK Dudley, Dudley forum of Older People and Dudley Interfaith Forum.
Councillor Rachel Harris, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said:
“It is really important for us to understand the effects of loneliness and isolation on older people, as we all know someone who could be affected by either.”
“The survey, which is hoped to have widespread participation in Dudley, can make a great difference to the way the council approach the topics. We are urging as many people as possible to part take.”
Keith Sherman, vice chair of Age Alliance said:
“We want to know exactly how people feel towards the topics of loneliness and isolation as they are two big factors that impact older people’s health.”
“We are hoping that there is both a large amount of responses and inter-generational activity to promote an important issue.”