Social isolation an increasing problem for older people, says poll

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Recently published government statistics highlighting a projected significant rise in the number of one person households over the next 20 years point to potential problems of social isolation for older people, says the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). Figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government predict that more than one third of the estimated increase of 223,000 one person households by 2026 will be accounted for people over 65 years old. The association’s comments reflect the findings of an earlier report from Demos and the WRVS in which around 1.6 million people were believed to be suffering from a degree of social isolation, defined as not having weekly contact with friends, family or neighbours. RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said the trend raises concerns about the extent to which older people with mobility and health problems will feel increasingly lonely and deprived of human company and emotional support. “Up to relatively recently, the issue of social i

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