Mental Health: Older People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce social isolation among the elderly.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Social isolation and loneliness are different concepts but have very close links. Given also the close links between them and poor physical and mental health, I am a member of the newly formed Ministerial Group on Loneliness.

To support the Government’s commitment to tackling loneliness, including a new loneliness strategy and fund, the Department will continue to support policies and programmes such as social prescribing, dementia friendly communities, improved mental health and the recently published Carers Action Plan.

Feelings of social isolation and loneliness are not exclusive to the elderly but this group can be particularly affected. The Green Paper on the care of older people which will be published in the autumn, will set out a number of proposals to help older people live healthier, longer, and more independent lives.

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