The Health Innovation Network has published a report proving the social value of peer support groups for people with dementia is greater than the investment: for every pound (£) of investment the social value created by the three groups evaluated ranged from £1.17 to £5.18.
The study found the benefits of attending peer support groups are:
- reduced isolation and loneliness through meeting others in a similar situation
- increased stimulation, including mental stimulation
- increased wellbeing
- for carers, a reduction in stress and carer burden.