5,400 East Yorkshire residents ‘suffer from loneliness’

Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by KCFM

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Around 5,400 people in East Yorkshire are suffering from loneliness and isolation, according to a new report.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Health and Wellbeing board is meeting today (Thursday, January 21) to discuss the impact loneliness can have on someone’s health and wellbeing.

The council’s director of public health, Dr Tim Allison, helped compile the report and insists there are groups trying to tackle the issue.

He said: “People can die earlier, can become ill a lot earlier. Certain conditions like dementia that appear to be particularly common among those who are isolated and lonely.

“It’s something that’s increasingly becoming recognised both locally and nationally but I think there is a lot more everybody can do to help tackle it.”

Dr Allison added: “One example (of groups tackling the issue) is the Living Well project in Hornsea, which works with volunteers, has lunch clubs, has phone support.

“In some of the other villages and towns in the East Riding, there are similar individual groups that get people together and out of their houses.”

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Published: Thursday 21st January 2016 by KCFM

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