Campaign to End Loneliness

Recent research from the group Campaign to End Loneliness has shown how detrimental loneliness can be to a person’s health, especially for older people.
Sunrise Senior Living are encouraging people to invite parents, grandparents, neighbours or anyone that you think might be feeling lonely round for a meal (see some fab recipes here) and to sit and talk, play games, and just socialise.

Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom

  • 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)
  • Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)
  • Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)
  • 63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)
  • 59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health (Beaumont, 2013)
  • A higher percentage of women than men report feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)

Something that worries me about getting older is being lonely. I feel sad when I think of old people sat at home alone with no friends and no company, unable to get out of the house regularly and having to depend on family members to visit whenever they can be fit in to a busy life.

My nan who lives in Somerset lives alone, in her own house. She is religious and despite us having different views when it comes to beliefs, it gives me comfort knowing how important hers are to her and how it benefits her life in a number of ways.

It’s hard living so far away from my nan and quite often I wish I could just pop round for a cup of tea or to have a chat about anything and everything.

When we went on holiday there in April we knew that she wouldn’t be able to come out on a lot of the days out with us, but we had a plan that when we returned home my aunty would go and collect her so she could come round and have dinner with us.

We would all sit around after dinner and just chat or play a board game and it was nice. We realised at the end of the week that we’d only put the television on once the whole time we were there.

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