Age UK elderly loneliness warning

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Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by KCFM

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Age UK in Hull are warning about the consequences of loneliness for elderly people’s wellbeing.

Research from the charity’s found an estimated 10% of people over the age of 65 in the UK are lonely all or most of the time.

Pam Davies from Age UK in Hull says loneliness can have serious implications for people’s physical and mental health:

“The impact of someone smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, loneliness can actually have that same impact on someone’s physical health. Something quite tangible like smoking, you know that could affect your health long-term. But you don’t actually think something like being lonely can affect your physical health to that degree.”

“People can become depressed, they can stop going out, because they lose their confidence. It can affect people in lots of different ways. If you’re predisposed to a particular way, if you tend to get down quite quickly, if you are lonely that can be accelerated.”

“People need to think to themselves, it’s not that bad for me to go around to my next door neighbour, and ask them round for a cuppa because I’m feeling a bit lonely. You shouldn’t feel that you can’t say that, or openly admit it.”

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Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by KCFM

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  • Now this is truly my territory, I am now 70 years old, and living on Bransholme estate.
    I retired quite a while ago and have since also divorced after 14 years.
    There are none of my friends living now clearly they too were in the same age bracket as myself.
    I rarely go out mainly because being on my own I feel that there is no point in doing so, I used to spend all of my time with my wife and now she is not there.
    Most of the things that we used to do we did together, but now I am on my own there simply seems to be no reason to do them by myself.
    Although my married life was not by any means a bed of roses at least I had company and seemingly a purpose in life.
    Even the simple things like shopping, yes I do it but in as short a time as possible.
    I did approach one of the charities in Hull city centre that are supposed to cater for the elderly, but I was met with so much disinterest and to be honest down right unfair treatment and what felt like resentment and hostility.
    Would you believe I was actually offering my services free to them with a view to teaching the elderly the very basics of computing. (Oh! and yes I am quite used to dealing with people and I worked voluntarily in the public sector for roughly forty years)
    I write and have published three books but I struggle to write now, I just can’t seem to conjure up the interest, so I write very spasmodically and for very short periods of time.
    Yes it is very embarrassing to talk about such things, well to me it is any way and I am sure that others feel the same.
    So like me they go on day to day hoping things will get better but really not holding out much hope for changes.
    Please if there really is anyone out there who knows someone like me, go knock on their door, speak to them when you see them in the garden or on the street.
    It really is very important to lonely people that you do these sorts of things!

    • Hi Phil, thanks for getting in touch with us about this.

      KC have a few Online Centres, which have been set up to help people get online and we do have one on Bransholme – we may be able to set something up so you can volunteer. Please could you email me with some contact details so that we can get in touch with you to tell you more about this? Our email is heytoday@kcmedia.com

      Look forward to hearing from you soon.

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