Circle of Love Tea Party
Every Thursday from 10.30am
Face to face contact
Combine all ingredients
Serve with love
More than half of all people aged 75 and over live alone.
Seventeen per cent of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and 11 per cent are in contact less than once a month.
More than a fifth of older people say they feel lonely all the time.
Half of all older people say the television is their main company.
There is no doubt that loneliness and social isolation are disadvantageous to health.
This problem is likely to get worse as we all live longer and the trend to live further away from family continues. It may be further aggravated by the increasingly busy lives we are living as well as changes in our perception of how much time alone is acceptable.
As people live longer, the challenges may become overwhelming. Studies carried out all over the world show us that people who are suffering loneliness are predominately more likely to be at higher risk of health conditions such as depression, high blood pressure and strokes. What is the solution? Is there a simple answer? Can it be as simple as a cup of tea and a conversation?
Our Circle of Love Tea Parties are run every Thursday from 10.30am in our Community Room at the Caralee Medical & Community Centre.
Our focus is to tackle the issues of loneliness and isolation in older people.
Our mission is to provide a “lifeline” and give our elderly something to look forward to; and break up the monotony.
How can you help?
Referring older people who do not have a support network of friends or relatives is a simple and an extremely effective way of reducing loneliness.
If you know someone who would benefit from attending our Circle of Love Tea Parties, call us on 9331 7233, or drop in and let us know, we will send them a personal invitation.
The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.