This week Dr. Radha Modgil will discuss loneliness with our guests on this Christmas special episode of Podcast on Prescription.

Christmas can be a happy time for some surrounded by family and friends. For others it is not, often exacerbating feelings of loneliness. Our host and guests will discuss the impact that loneliness can have on our mental and physical health and how social prescribing can help alleviate these feelings.

Our first guest, Tracey Crouch has been the MP for Chatham and Aylesford since 2010; she became the country’s first Minister for Loneliness in 2018. Tracey is a practitioner of mindfulness and was one of the early members of the cross-party parliamentary mindfulness group and an advocate of the benefits of nature to wellbeing

Our second guest is the National Academy for Social Prescribing Chief Executive, James Sanderson. James is also Director of the Personalised Care Group at NHS England and NHS Improvement, where he leads on a range of programmes that are supporting people to have greater choice and control over their health and wellbeing

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE is our third guest; her career spans several decades in broadcasting television and radio. Amongst her many accomplishments, in 2012 she invented The Silver Line, a helpline for older people of which she is President, and which has merged with Age UK.

Finally, Dr. Radha will chat with Ruth and Neil Hannah from Musical Memories. Musical Memories was established in 2016 as a not-for-profit organization created to give older people the opportunity to sing together and enjoy each other’s company with the aim of combatting social isolation and loneliness and thereby improving health and wellbe

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