We can all help the elderly find ways to overcome loneliness, even if they live alone and find it hard to get out.
There are thousands of older people who suffer from these conditions in this country. AgeUK report that more than 2 million people in England, over the age of 75. live alone, with many going for several weeks without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
This can lead to socially isolation due to a range of circumstances: leaving the workplace after a lifetime of employment; death of a spouse or partner; illness or disability; losing contact with family and friends; or simply becoming older and less mobile.
No matter what the cause or causes, the feeling of loneliness and vulnerability can easily and quickly catch up with anyone of us. This can then lead to serious health problems such as depression, anxiety and other mental health issues and lack of well-being.
When you’re feeling lonely, you probably find it hard to admit it and ask for help. Many of the elderly feel that admitting to feeling lonely or depressed is a sign of weakness and have too much pride to seek help.
And we must remember, loneliness can affect ALL of us at any age, and we become more vulnerable as we get older. If you suspect someone may be feeling the effects of loneliness, why not reach out?
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