TACKLING LONELINESS will be top of the agenda at a conference bringing together leading specialists to discuss ways in which social isolation can be reduced.
Next month’s Unloneliness conference will bring together people working throughout Leeds to see how the city can become more socially connected, happy and healthy. Leeds currently has 246,000 older residents, with 14,500 of them aged over 85. An estimated 37,000 of those can be described as lonely or socially isolated.
Chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, Coun Lisa Mulherin, said: “We know social isolation and loneliness have a negative impact on people’s health, with those who are socially isolated being between two and five times more likely to die prematurely.
“We have made tackling loneliness a priority as we know the benefits this can have for people’s health and wellbeing.
“The conference gives people a chance to hear from people leading work on this issue in the city and across the UK, as well as the chance to inform how Leeds can do more.”