Easing Loneliness Among Seniors

New programs in England are paving the way for better health for seniors.

One program involves a paradigm shift: instead of prescribing medication, medical practitioners can prescribe dance lessons, cooking clubs and art classes. Called “social prescriptions,” these funded programs are aimed at reducing loneliness among seniors.

Another innovative program will allow postal workers from the Royal Mail service to check on seniors as part of their daily rounds.

To further these efforts, Tracey Crouch was appointed “Minister for Loneliness,” a newly created government role. Viewing loneliness as a health epidemic, her role is to support seniors and others who feel isolated.

By reaching out to seniors in creative ways, these government programs demonstrate the importance of caring for the elderly.