Altrua is a new startup within Enactus Nottingham looking to tackle social isolation by running Qi Gong sessions across the city. Through this we aim to improve both the mental and physical health of the elderly within care homes across Nottingham.
• 10-20,000 elderly people in Nottinghamshire alone are affected by social isolation
• More than 1 million older people go at least a month without talking to anyone (Age UK)
• Older people are a high risk demographic and those in care homes are a largely affected group (Nottinghamshire Insight) - older people living in residential care admit to feeling more lonely than those in the community.
Introducing Qi Gong to care homes offers a solution to reducing sedentary behaviour and social isolation. It provides a platform for the elderly to socialise and exercise, increasing physical activity levels to improve both physical and mental health of care homes residents. They also plan to implement a tea ceremony at the end of each session to tackle the social aspect of the main problem that so many elderly face every day