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Duration: 09.20 - 13.00

Public Health West Midlands Healthy Ageing Steering Group will be hosting a Loneliness and Isolation Symposium in Birmingham.

Chronic loneliness, especially that faced by those over 65, is now being described as part of a UK-wide loneliness epidemic. Loneliness is linked to poor health including depression, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and an increased risk of developing dementia. New research also suggests that the financial pressure on our health and social care system from loneliness is substantial.


Join us at this symposium on Thursday 11th January to examine the evidence and to hear about how local actions for tackling loneliness and isolation will be embedded into local practice. This will be an opportunity for those who are involved in working with older people to engage with good practice, learning what works for improving the mental and physical health and well-being of people in later life.There will also be a presentation from The King’s Fund.

Key issues to be addressed:

·         The wider policy context of tackling loneliness and isolation: health and social care integration and population changes 

·         Different approaches to tackling loneliness and isolation across our region

·         The role of different stakeholders such as third sector, community, integrated joint boards, NHS bodies and councils

·         What is currently working in practice and can your organisation learn from this


 Commissioners and Practitioners in local authority and the NHS, Service providers, Voluntary and Community sector. 

Venue details

Room GA, 5 St Phillips Place, Birmingham, B3 2PW

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Hosted by Sandwell MBC
Freeth Street
West Midlands
B69 3DE


Helen O'Donnell - 07815 490 436

Rajdeep Atwal - 0121 569 5121