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EnvisAGE is a discussion journal edited by Age Cymru which explores issues affecting older people. In this, our twelfth edition, we shine a spotlight on tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

We've invited experts from across the UK and also the U.S. to contribute articles to share their expertise and good practice towards reducing loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Christopher Williams of Age Cymru sets the scene and relates the voices of older people who have shared their experiences with us as part of our No one should have no one campaign.

Dr Deborah Morgan of the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University considers the risk factors associated with loneliness and social isolation in later life and the impact on older people.

Jill Mortimer draws on Age UK’s experiences of working to reduce loneliness, and draws on the findings of the ‘Promising approaches to tackling loneliness’ report by Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness, and Age UK’s ‘Testing Promises Approaches’ programme.

Robert Visintainer provides an insight into the Men’s Sheds movement in Wales, with a focus on the Squirrel’s Nest near Bridgend, which was the first Men’s Shed in Wales.

Nicola Fedyszyn describes Bridgend County Borough Council’s innovative Olympic-themed event for older people being delivered in care settings to help improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Emma Robinson of Age Cymru provides an insight into Gwanwyn clubs to explore how taking part in arts and creative activity can reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation amongst older people.

Dr Mark Llewellyn of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), University of South Wales outlines evidence from the beneficiaries of third sector projects in Wales, which were funded to address loneliness and social isolation amongst older people.

Our final article draws on an international perspective from the U.S. and Nicola Palmarini, Sheila Zinck and Heather Fraser of IBM describe their research which explores how organisations in many industries can act to help older adults strengthen their social fabric and reconnect to others.

Sadly, at the beginning of December 2017, the Chair of Age Cymru’s Board of Trustees, Meirion Hughes, passed away following a brief illness. As a member of the EnvisAGE editorial board, Meirion made a significant contribution to the success of the journal. We therefore dedicate this edition of EnvisAGE to his lasting memory.

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