Older Men at the Margins – study to cut loneliness and social isolation

The Older Men at the Margins project identified ways of alleviating loneliness and reducing isolation for older men (65+ years of age) across hard-to-reach and seldom-heard groups.

In collaboration with Age UK, the project included older men who are single or living alone in urban and rural areas; older gay men who are single or living alone; older men with hearing loss; and older men who are carers for significant others (family members, partners).

Over 100 men (65- 95 years of age) from the above groups took part in interviews and shared their experiences of combatting loneliness and social isolation in later life.

The overall aim was to better understand the ways in which marginalised or seldom-heard groups of older men seek to maintain social engagement and social participation in later life.

This included participation in groups targeted at reducing loneliness and social isolation. The research identified ways in which social care and community-based services could take better account of the social wellbeing of older men.

Newly released guidance sets out the learning from research and highlights important factors to be considered to meet the diverse needs of older men through group programmes and interventions.

It will be of use to professionals and services who wish to set up groups, or who are already running groups for older people.

It can be viewed here: Older Men at the Margins