Christmas is over and almost a million of people in the UK aged over 60 felt lonelier at Christmas time (via). Feeling lonely continues: About half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone.
"Most of us have felt very lonely and alone
at some point in our lives.
It’s a profoundly
personal and painful experience and
people can feel completely hopeless.
Luckily for many, life moves on and these
But for some of us loneliness can become chronic,
making us miserable and often causing us to lose
self-confidence. It can become increasingly difficult
to build new and meaningful relationships that
could restore our sense of self and self-worth. The
fact that loneliness carries a stigma can make it
hard to admit to it and seek help. And often people
don’t know where to go for support.
Chronic loneliness is affecting a growing number
of older people, in line with the increase in the older
population. Age UK estimates that over a million
older people are lonely. (...)
Being miserable is bad enough, but there is evidence
that chronic loneliness increases the risk of serious
health conditions, such as diabetes, heart conditions
and strokes, depression and dementia, as well as
making it much harder for an individual to help
themselves and manage their conditions through
exercise and good diet. (...)
A survey of 1,000 GP practices found
that nearly 90 per cent felt that some patients were
coming because they were lonely, and 14 per cent
estimated they were seeing six or more patients a
day for this reason."
::: Download: Age UK ( December 2016) No one should have no one. Working to end loneliness amongst older people. 16 pages
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photograph of Margaret Morse Nice (1883-1974) via