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Lowestoft Care Home Residents Invite Relationship Queries Ahead of Valentine’s Day

A Lowestoft care home is encouraging the local community to submit their relationship dilemmas ahead of Valentine’s Day — as it looks to use its residents’ years of experience in love to act as ‘Agony Aunts’ (and uncles) to offer guidance and advice.

Whilst the world may be changing pace, love is eternal – and residents at The Dell, a branch of Wellbeing Care that provides residential, dementia and respite care, are offering to put their decades of experience in navigating the landscape of love to good use to help others.

The Suffolk home is inviting the community to submit their relationship quandaries, dilemmas and questions for residents to answer, tapping into their decades of life experience and enduring relationships to provide thoughtful advice and insights – helping hopeless romantics navigate the complexities of love and companionship.

On hand to offer their advice is former HGV driver, Malcolm (71), former florist, Elizabeth (83), and former office worker, Joan (94), who will be filmed responding to the questions – which will go live on the care group’s social media channels in the run up to Valentine’s Day.

The trio have a mix of life experience between them, encompassing marriage, divorce and single life – meaning they’re well placed to impart their relationship expertise.

According to Age UK, around 1.4 million elderly individuals frequently experience loneliness, with regular occurrences having been linked to an elevated risk of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, diminished self-esteem, and sleep disturbances.

Collaborative activities such as the ‘Agony Aunt’ initiative and Wellbeing Care’s community contribution for World Kindness Day, which recently saw a mug enthusiast at the home receive lots of new cups to add to his collection, aim to help tackle the loneliness crisis.

Joy Henshaw, Regional Director of Wellbeing Care, said: “Love and companionship are amongst the greatest gifts in life, and our residents have a wealth of knowledge and lessons to share with those who aren’t as far along the path of life as they are. Our lighthearted initiative sees us invite the community to seek advice from our residents, and they’re hoping to provide some valuable insight while also creating meaningful connections between generations and within our community. The residents are really looking forward to seeing what things people ask advice on – so if you’re in need of any relationship support, please get in touch!”