A PUB is opening its doors to care home residents and other groups for the over 60s.

Age UK is backing the lunch and activity programme launched today (WED) by The Shadforth Plough, near Durham City.

The initiative, called the ‘Golden Get Together,’ was created after the recent GB Dementia Summit, which emphasised the importance of viewing patients as individuals and not just people with dementia.

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Chris Fletcher from Age UK County Durham said: "Older people who live on their own can be very lonely and having the opportunity to come together for good food and good company can make a big difference to their lives."

Included in the discounted lunch price at the event are free activities including word association games, bingo, darts, dominos, and live entertainment.

Paul Wells, owner at Shadforth Plough, said: "We recognise that one of the problems caused by loss of independence is loneliness and under-stimulation.

"Having spoken to Age UK about what we are doing, they are right behind our venture, agreeing that social interaction is essential to emotional well-being."