Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Ambition for Ageing Seminar:Best Friends Forever? Friendships in Older Age and Hidden Social Isolation

This is the second seminar in the Spring / Summer series of MICRA seminars delivered as part of the Ambition for Ageing programme.

This session will involving the sharing of ongoing research undertaken at the University of Manchester by Natalie Cotterell and Kingsley Purdam. It will look at how social isolation is measured and how we can better understand its impact on peoples' lives. This will include the role friends have played in our lives, how we make new friends and how we deal with the loss of friends as we get older. There will be a chance to share your memories, thoughts, ideas and tips about friendships and how to tackle social isolation in later life.

Older people are particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness, which, in later life, has been identified as a health risk. Many older people in the UK live alone and report feeling lonely and are identified as being socially isolated. This can also be the case for people living in shared housing. We need your ideas about how social isolation, loneliness and friendships can be researched. Please come along and share your experiences about the role friendship has played in your life. Why are friendships important to you? What can you remember about the friends you had when you were at school? What tips can you share for keeping friendships going and for making new friends? If you can, please bring along a photo of a friend who has been important in your life.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018