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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources

Loneliness in older people during the pandemic

Telephone befriending is available for people age 60 and over

This information is sourced from Age UKThe Silver Line and JAMA:

The Covid-19 pandemic is likely exacerbating loneliness by drastically reducing routine and intimate interactions

In older adults, loneliness and cognitive decline are closely related

Call in Time:

  • Is a free national telephone service for people age 60 and over
  • A volunteer befriender will phone an older person at an agreed time for a chat
  • The older person is matched with a befriender who has similar interests, who will provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time.

The Silver line also provide a free and confidential 24 hour helpline service for older people on 0800 4 70 80 90

See also:

How should I advise my elderly patient who has become anxious about leaving the house?

When does anxiety about leaving the home become problematic for older adults?


Published: 01/07/2020