Ageing is a growing concern in many countries. Although people are living longer, they are not necessarily living well. Getting older has been associated with social isolation (i.e., loss of partner, friends, family members; exclusion from society), which can have a negative impact on health and well-being (e.g., feelings of loneliness, poor quality of life, development of illness).
The science: developing an intervention to reduce isolation and enhance health and well-being among older adults
The research investigates whether the Posh Club, a weekly glamorous performance and social club for older people held across London and the South East, can reduce isolation and enhance health and well-being among older adults. QMUL's Dr. Jones and her team have assessed individuals before their club attendance and will assess them at 3 and 6 months after their attendance. The research suggests that shared experiences with peers can promote connectedness, and thereby health and well-being, through support and engagement.
Putting research into action: impact on health and well-being in older adults
This research should be able to demonstrate and explain the mechanisms associated with enhancements (or the stemming of decline) in older adults’ reported health and well-being and in their physical health. In this way the data generated will be able to demonstrate changes in quality of life, health, and engagement.