An essay on loneliness and isolation

Loneliness and isolation are words indicate that a person may feel abandoned or left alone against their wishes or choice. However, it is possible to feel lonely or isolated when living with others, maybe even in the company of relatives and friends. Therefore it is important to distinguish between loneliness and being alone. For example … Continued

Role of advocates within a medical context

Elderly and isolated people can be vulnerable when ill health adds to their existing problems. Patients may need extra support to express and secure their choices for treatment, especially where the patient’s choice may differ from the medical team. The advocate can help the patient formulate his or her expressed desires into a treatment plan … Continued

Loneliness in the older generation

  Older people can be particularly vulnerable to isolation and loneliness leading to anxiety, depression and lack of confidence, which in turn can cause serious health problems. We can all help the elderly find ways to overcome loneliness, even if they live alone and find it hard to get out. There are thousands of older … Continued

EY Report: Society’s Return on Investment in Advocacy

Members will be glad to know that the EY report on Society’s Return on Investment in older people’s cancer advocacy services is now available to download from the OPAAL website here. Legal restrictions mean that the report can’t be freely shared without completion of a disclaimer on the website and once downloaded should not be … Continued

OPAAL’s Impact

Transparent as ever we’ll be honest, this is our first attempt at a document of this kind. We aim for you to get to know us, learn of the exciting things we do with and for older people, perhaps then you’d like to join us. Download our Impact Statement here.

Trustees needed: Could you be an OPAAL Trustee?

OPAAL (UK) is the only national charity set up to promote and develop independent advocacy support services to people over 50. We are actively seeking a number of new trustees from a range of different backgrounds to join our existing board. As we are a small, national infrastructure charity (registration number 1090182) there are great … Continued