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There are various factors that have led us to develop Push to Talk.

  • A study of 6,500 UK men and women aged over 52 found that being socially isolated is linked with a 26% higher death risk (BBC, 2013)
  • 55 to 64-year-olds living alone has increased by 50% in the past 15 years (Age UK, 2014)
  • Around 5M over 65's are digitally excluded (Vodafone, 2014)
  • 5M elderly people see there family less than once a month (Telegraph, 2012)
  • Less than 1 in 5 elderly people are in contact with their family, friends and neighbours more than once a week. (Royal Voluntary Service, 2012)
  • Research shows that loneliness increases the risk of heart disease, blood clots and dementia (Department of Health, 2012)
  • Socially isolated adults are more likely to be admitted into early residential or nursing care (Department of Health, 2012)
  • 51% of over 75's live alone - roughly 5M (NHS, 2013)
  • 1 in 5 patients visit their GP because they are lonely (Campaign to end loneliness, 2013)
  • The Northwest had the highest antidepressant use in 2010-11 (7.2M prescriptions)

Other key factors:

  1. Huge costs to Local Authority budgets – and this has had a knock on effect on the providers ability to deliver vital services
  2. Most of the population can use either the TV or Phone – it is language agnostic and requires little technical skill.
    All elderly people should have a basic phone service (part of Local Authority requirement)
  3. If we can get these people reconnected to society, we should have a better understand of their day-to-day activity and wellbeing with the aim of preventative care rather than intervening when it is too late

References

  1. Age UK. (2014). Later Life in the United Kingdom. Retrieved from Age UK: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/Factsheets/Later_Life_UK_factsheet.pdf?dtrk=true
  2. BBC. (2013). Social isolation 'increases death risk in older people'. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21929197
  3. Campaign to end loneliness. (2013). Family doctors ill-equipped for loneliness epidemic. Retrieved from Campaign to end loneliness: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/11/FINAL-GP-Polling-PR-15.11.13.pdf
  4. Department of Health. (2012). Loneliness measure to boost care for older people. Retrieved from GOV: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/loneliness-measure-to-boost-care-for-older-people
  5. NHS. (2013). Loneliness in older people. Retrieved from NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/women60-plus/Pages/Loneliness-in-older-people.aspx
  6. Royal Voluntary Service. (2012). Loneliness amongst older people and the impact of family connections. Retrieved from www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk: http://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/Uploads/Documents/How_we_help/loneliness-amongst-older-people-and-the-impact-of-family-connections.pdf
  7. Telegraph. (2012). Five million elderly only have TV for company: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Retrieved from Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9693973/Five-million-elderly-only-have-TV-for-company-Health-Secretary-Jeremy-Hunt.html
  8. Vodafone. (2014). Mobile : A powerful tool for Digital Inclusion. Retrieved from Vodafone: http://www.vodafone.co.uk/cs/groups/configfiles/documents/assets/vftst050316.pdf
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