We can alleviate loneliness in Camden ...with your help
You can’t have missed the recent media coverage of loneliness among older people. Sadly loneliness is a big issue for older people – nationally, almost half of older people say that television or pets are their main form of company, and nearly a quarter of pensioners go out socially less than once a month. Older people in Camden are no exception. At this time of year, having nobody to share your thoughts with, nobody to cook for, and nobody to wish you Happy New Year, can make being alone even harder.
Age UK Camden can change this. We run resource centres, activities and social groups where older people can make new friends and socialise. For those who cannot easily leave their houses, we also run several befriending schemes. Recently Fred, a writer and retired teacher, was matched with Colin, a teacher, who he now meets up with weekly to talk about teaching and politics.
Fred (above) said, “A few years ago, after moving house, I got a bit isolated and rather lonely, and a friend told me about the befriending scheme… We meet up every week and there’s never the lack of anything to talk about. A lot turns on what interested you when you were younger …Colin writes as well, and contributes to a literary magazine. And it’s great that as a younger person, he has a different point of view.”
Age UK Camden believes that everyone in Camden should be able to live a full life, with friends and the opportunity to pursue their interests, whatever their age. We help over 8,000 people every year, with a whole range of services including counselling, help for those with dementia, services for the older LGBT* community, and much more. For those who do not have family or friends living nearby, our resource centres in Kings Cross and Hampstead, and our information centre in Euston, are often the only places they can depend on for support, information and good advice when they need it.
Can you help us to keep these services running in Camden by making a donation to our Annual Appeal? We can only continue to provide these vital services with the help of donations by local people. Without this support, their long-term future is under real threat.
Donating is easy; either call us on 020 7239 0400 or click here. Every single pound you donate will directly help the charity to continue to provide frontline services for older people living in the borough of Camden.
Thank you for your support, and we wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
 TNS survey for Age UK, April 2014
 Department for Work and Pensions report, 2014
Photography Credits: Jo Bartlett-Hubbard.
Information and Advice
The Information and Advice service offers support with one-off queries, as well as extended support for more complex issues, support with Direct Payments, and benefit checks to maximise income.
Please call Age UK Camden's Information Line on 020 7837 3777 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
My Living Will Launches
A new national charity with strong Camden roots has been established. Age UK Camden is proud to have inputted to the charity’s development and launch. My Living Will – see www.mylivingwill.org.uk – encourages everyone to think about taking choice and control over their lives in case serious illness strikes and in later life generally. Its website provides information for people to prepare their own Advanced Decision or Advance Statement, or for a £10 fee to have one prepared. Age UK Camden’s CEO Gary Jones commented “Living Wills allow people to give guidance to families and families about future care. The law says that you are able to make decisions about your health and care for yourself unless you are not mentally capable. Specifically, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 allows people to make an Advance Decision, Advance Statement and a Lasting Power of Attorney. However the Act does not allow you to request any specific treatments that may end your life.”