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Christmas cards helping tackle care home loneliness

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3:19pm 7th December 2018

A campaign's launched in Lancashire to help put an end to loneliness in care homes.

People are being asked to send in written Christmas cards to the residents.

Festive Cards for the Holidays can help brighten up the Christmas season and tackle loneliness and isolation.

As well as being something nice to receive in the post, the Christmas cards help to initiate conversations among the residents and bring back happy memories.

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Research shows that this has many health benefits, particularly for people who are feeling lonely or isolated, or living with dementia.

It's been created by Lancashire County Council.

County Councillor Joan Burrows, champion for older people, said:

"Christmas is a happy time for many, but can also be a very lonely time, particularly for people living in care homes.

"National figures from Age UK show that 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month, and that 60% of people in care homes get no visitors at all.

"Loneliness can have a terrible effect on their mental and physical health, but if you have some spare Christmas cards, stamps and five minutes to spare, you can make a real difference to people's lives.

"Residents discuss the cards they've received and talk about their memories of Christmas and their families and friends, which helps them build connections between each other and feel less lonely.

"We ran a similar scheme called Postcards for Kindness over the summer and it was a real success.

"We hope the Christmas cards campaign will be just as popular and spread some Christmas cheer across our care homes."

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Find out more about the campaign and which care homes are taking part.

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