International research cited by Public Health England has shown that loneliness can be as harmful to a person’s health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Age UK reports that 1.2m older people in the UK are ‘chronically lonely’. Loneliness puts individuals at greater risk of cognitive decline and increased mental health challenges. The associated ill health from loneliness is a significant social problem.
Our recent project with Hampshire Council and PA Consulting has shown success in tackling loneliness in older adults. Breezie can really change people’s lives. Read more.