General healthcare practitioners in England are now being encouraged to prescribe social activities as a means of curbing loneliness amongst older citizens.

Prime Minister Theresa May says that the government will be providing the National Healthcare System an additional £1.8 million ($2.3 million) in funding to facilitate new dance and cooking lessons, community cafés, and other group projects for seniors by 2023.

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Additionally, the government is partnering with postal workers from the Royal Mail service to check in on seniors during their daily rounds.

“This strategy is only the beginning of delivering a long and far reaching social change in our country – but it is a vital first step in a national mission to end loneliness in our lifetimes,” said May, according to the BBC.

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