University to trial 'telephone friendship' service for older people
Date: 25/05/2012. Story submitted by: F Campbell
The University of Sheffield is working with Age UK on a research study to find out whether 'telephone friendship' can improve wellbeing in later life.
The Putting Life IN Years (PLINY) study is for people aged 75 years and over living in the Sheffield.
Longer life is not always accompanied by health and wellbeing. Older people can become lonely, isolated and unhappy due to failing health and bereavement. Participants will be encouraged to talk about their interests and everyday life during weekly conversations over the phone.
The university describes it as a 'trial and economic evaluation of a telephone befriending intervention to promote mental wellbeing in community-living older people.'
The groups will be supported by a trained Age UK Sheffield volunteer facilitator.
Address: Western Bank Sheffield South Yorkshire S10 2TN
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