Denmark

A Lonely or Active Elderly Life
Action

Bridging municipalities and the civil society to improve the quality of life amongst elderly people who feel lonely.

Overview

Launched in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing 2012, the project 'A Lonely or Active Elderly Life' aims to strengthen the cooperation between the municipalities and the civil society to improve the quality of life amongst elderly people who feel lonely. The project runs for a period of four years and has five phases:

  1. Research study about what characterises and motivates elderly people who feel lonely. The research is based upon a questionnaire with 8,830 respondents from all 25 municipalities and 24 interviews with elderly people, who feel lonely. (2012)
  2. Developing a webpage which makes it easier for elderly people to find activities in their local area that match their needs and interests (2012 - 2013)
  3. Supporting the voluntary associations and the municipalities in reducing and preventing loneliness among elderly people in Denmark (2013)
  4. Evaluation of the project (2014).
Impact

The project involves 25 municipalities across Denmark and its goals are:

  • To improve the quality of life amongst elderly people who feel lonely.
  • To support and refine the important social work that is being done by voluntary associations around the country by developing and testing new activities and methods.
  • To develop new tools that can be used to match the lonely seniors with voluntary associations that suit their needs. ¬†
  • To strengthen the cooperation between the municipalities and the civil society/ voluntary associations.