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Social prescribing: supporting older people

Social prescribing helps isolated older individuals connect with their communities to make connections and discover new opportunities, building on individual strengths and preferences to improve health and wellbeing.

Enid is 84. She has hypertension and type 2 diabetes, which is controlled. Physically she was coping well, until last year when her husband of 62 years died. Recently, Enid has been a bit snappy with staff at her doctor’s surgery, and more demanding than usual. Society is a bit uncomfortable with the what to do about the needs of this ageing widow whose family live 100 miles away. But her problems cannot be managed with medicine. Enid is lonely. Recognising this, her GP put her in contact with a primary school group that links mature women with young mums


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