Fantastic to see Bristol Life magazine highlighting the ever-increasing problem of loneliness among the older generation this month. Loneliness is a silent killer, affecting around 1 million people in the UK. Says Marcus Land, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, “It’s bad for our health, bad for our society and bad for our future as a species”. Here at Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham, we couldn’t agree more.
The article suggests a more suitable living arrangement is one of the best ways to avoid loneliness and the magazine spoke to our very own chief executive, Frances Stretton, who says, “Many of our residents talk about feeling lonely for some, if not all, of the time before they come to us. It just eats away at you and it’s easy to lose your confidence.”
Frances explains how, in an Abbeyfield house, whilst residents enjoy the privacy of their own apartment, meals are always a social occasion and are eaten together, which encourages residents to interact with other like-minded people each day. “There’s a calendar of social events and trips to local venues and attractions too.”
If you’d like to take your next steps to your new Abbeyfield home, call us on 0117 973 6997.