Making 11 hours pleasant

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

 

A CAMPAIGN to reach out to elderly people who are bored and feel lonely has been launched by an Isle of Wight charity.

Independent Arts, which uses the arts to tackle social isolation, has urged people to support its Eleven Hours campaign by talking to elderly neighbours and ensuring they don’t spend their days with just a ticking clock for company.

The charity’s chief executive, Kate Ball said: "After sleeping, eating, washing and dressing, it is estimated elderly people living alone and in care homes have 11 hours in the day left to fill.

"For many, this time passes very slowly and can feel endless, terribly lonely and boring.

"Through our work in care homes and the community, we aim to help people spend this time in meaningful and enjoyable creative activity."

Independent Arts has an army of almost 70 volunteers who visit elderly people, running group workshops and one-to-one sessions in art, music and movement.

Through the Eleven Hours campaign, the charity hopes to reach out to more people who are living alone.

Kate added: "I think people will be shocked to learn many elderly people spend 11 hours a day with no-one to talk to and nothing to do, often just stuck in front of the television.

"We certainly were, which is why we decided to launch this campaign and galvanise people into action.

"Just sit and watch the clock for one minute, then imagine that stretching into an hour, then 11 hours.

"Social isolation has a huge impact on people’s health and wellbeing, and can cause depression.

"We have such a large elderly population, with more dementia sufferers than anywhere else in the country, so it’s a huge issue."

She said: "We are asking people to back the campaign, by helping us raise funds and awareness.

"We need a cultural shift, where people look out for elderly people living next door, or in their street. This is a problem we can solve."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by alan naylor

29th December 2013, at 09:36:26

Its not only the elderly its the young that also need suport

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by b ward

28th December 2013, at 15:54:18

a good idea, would be nice if it was for everyone too Why do we put the
elderly in one group, there are many youngsters in the same boat.
A lot of elderly would not want next door interferring in their daily
life though.

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by Mike Crowe

26th December 2013, at 10:09:41

A question I have quite often asked. How would you answer it?

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by Den Young

24th December 2013, at 18:31:36

good on them, again nice to hear of local charity

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by Mike Crowe

24th December 2013, at 16:03:43

I would imagine that an 'Active hobby' would be one of the best things to do, especially if it involves other people and being able to get out to meet others, but of course being able to get up and about physically is important. I just hope that I am still fit and active when I get elderly.

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by David Blackford

24th December 2013, at 13:56:40

Television over Christmas is rubbish - AS USUAL

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