An Evaluation of the Past Times Project: Combating Loneliness in Later Life

Dawn Leeming, Mike Lucock, Rosie Morrow, Kagari Shibazaki

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Abstract

Health and social care needs rise substantially in older age, often involving multiple mental and physical health problems and social isolation. Loneliness in later life is prevalent in older people, with over half of the over 75 population living alone, and it is associated with poorer physical and mental health.

There is growing realisation of the value of community assets and resources for addressing wellbeing. This can include social networks, facilities, community groups and organisations in the community as well as the time, skills and knowledge of individuals. The Arch-Way Project in West Yorkshire aims to reduce isolation and loneliness in the community through a variety of activities. This includes art groups, film afternoons and their weekly Past Times event. Past Times is aimed primarily at combating loneliness in older people and is held in a Social Club setting on Monday afternoons. It features games, a quiz and a live musician playing music from “Past Times”, offering an opportunity for older people to come together, enjoy the entertainment and socialise.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Huddersfield
Commissioning bodyNational Lottery Community Fund
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023

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