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Loneliness and isolation: an age-old story, not just a story of old age

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TheStudio, Riverside West
Whitehall Road
Leeds
LS1 4AW
United Kingdom

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We hosted a breakfast debate in Leeds to explore this powerfully emotive topic and considered what we can all do to create and maintain friendships and connections to last us a lifetime.

This is the third event in our Breakfast event series to discuss and debate the topic of ageing. We want this series to bring together a wide range of people who are interested in the big issues related to ageing to raise the debate and start talking about ageing in a productive way.

We’re delighted to host this event in Leeds, one of our partnership locations. Our strategic partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds Older People’s Forum supports the city’s ambition to be the ‘Best City to Grow Old In’.

Loneliness and isolation: an age-old story, not just a story of old age

Public awareness of loneliness and social isolation has increased in recent years with a series of high-profile campaigns which have done excellent work to raise awareness of the issue. However, much of the narrative tends to focus on people in later life, when we know that it is an issue that can affect young and old alike. Not only does this risk deepening the fears and stigma of growing older, but it stops us finding solutions that can work at every age.

We pose the question that rather than just tackling loneliness in later life, shouldn’t we instead focus on creating communities where social connections can thrive throughout our lives?

Join this debate as we explore this powerfully emotive topic and consider what we can all do to create and maintain friendships and connections to last us a lifetime.

Panellists

  • Claire Turner, Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better (Chair)
  • Rachel Koivunen, Acting CEO, Leeds Older People’s Forum
  • Andrea Ellison, Chief Librarian, Leeds City Council
  • Tracey Robbins, Eden Project Communities UK / The Big Lunch
  • Ella Espinoza Smyth, Co-op Foundation 

Live stream

The event will be live-streamed from our YouTube channel from 9am on Thursday, 27 September 2018.

Follow the event on Twitter

@Ageing_Better  #AgeingBetterEvents 

 Event overview

  • Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018
  • Arrive: 8:30am (complimentary refreshments and light breakfast available)
  • Start: 9am
  • Finish: 10:30am

Admission is free and all are welcome. Registration essential.