Ending Loneliness Together is proud to announce the official partnership with leading aged and health care provider, Bolton Clarke. Bolton Clarke provides a broad range of age care, living, and health services enabling independence and quality of life for older people across at home support, retirement living and residential aged care.
As part of the collaboration, Bolton Clarke Research Institute Head of Research Professor Judy Lowthian will join Ending Loneliness Together’s Advisory Group, comprised of research and industry partners from across Australia with a focus on a coordinated national response to loneliness.
Professor Lowthian said she was delighted at the opportunity to work with Ending Loneliness Together and build on Bolton Clarke’s collaborative work to support social connection.
“Social connection is one of the central pillars of our research, with evidence-informed programs and collaborations in this area a focus across Bolton Clarke,” she said.
“It’s a key issue across the life course – we know isolation causes a lot of health issues and that social connection works to protect against these things.
“Recently COVID-19 has also had a huge negative impact on loneliness and social isolation, meaning there is an even greater need for a co-ordinated and research-based response that recognises the vital importance of social connection for our nation’s health.
“We know that if older people are isolated they can start to deteriorate physically, which we are seeing among our own home care client base where falls among older people living alone have skyrocketed during COVID-19 isolation.”