Isolation is one of the most difficult challenges faced as we get older. In fact, it’s believed that around one in five people over the age of 65 years old feel lonely across the UK and Europe, with it becoming an incredibly important public health issue.

It’s one of the many reasons that many move to elderly care homes, to avoid being alone and having the company of others. 

However, for those that still live at home, especially alone, there are many other things that can be done to reduce isolation and loneliness. Encouraging loved ones to join clubs can be a brilliant way to do this, taking part in hobbies they love as well as enjoying the company of others and meeting like-minded people.

So, if you’re worried about an elderly loved one, here are five clubs that can help reduce isolation…

The University of the Third Age (U3A)

Looking up the University of the Third Age is a great way to start looking for activities and opportunities with like-minded people. It’s a nationwide organisation for retired and semi-retired people to join various groups.

There are educational and recreational groups for all interests, whether it be history, art, gardening, learning a language or anything else, with workshops, classes and social events right across the country as well as online. It encourages active ages and with that come a whole heap of health benefits alongside reducing loneliness.

Local Community Centres

Similarly, visiting a community centre or accessing one online is a great way to see the various clubs and activities going on locally. 

Community centres have classes and groups to suit all interests, from exercise to book clubs, craft groups, dance classes and much, much more. They’re the hub of the community and a brilliant place to share experiences and develop new friendships with people who will likely live just around the corner!

Walking Groups

Staying active is an important part of getting older and there are many walking groups out there to suit all abilities. Every local area will have a group operating, with the likes of Facebook and community group pages often a good place to find them.

This can be incredible for reducing loneliness, as well as improving mood, easing anxiety and boosting overall wellbeing.

Volunteer Organisations

Volunteering is one of the more meaningful ways for elderly loved ones to stay engaged with people, as well as contributing to the local community. There are many ways in which people can volunteer.

Think about what they’re interested in and explore the roles that may be available. It could be doing a shift in a charity shop, being a steward at Parkrun, volunteering at a foodbank, gardening in a local park or anything. The possibilities really are endless.

Social Clubs for Seniors

Finally, there are actually social clubs for seniors in various places, from pubs to football clubs, with charities and beyond. They’re a great place to partake in days out, coffee mornings, theatre trips and more. 

They can provide a real sense of belonging and create lasting friendships that can be truly enriching.

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