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Two thirds of older people living alone say the pandemic has made them lonelier, according to new research by Age Scotland. This figure rises to 17 per cent among those who live alone, an increasing sector of the older population.
More than half of respondants 53 per cent said that lockdown had made them lonelier, but this rose to 65 per cent among those living alone. The charity believes that the country needs to get to grips with rising feelings of loneliness before they reach epidemic levels otherwise the health of the nation could be severely impacted. They are urging people to reach out to those at risk of loneliness in their community, and end the stigma around talking about it. Its survey found that older women were more likely to be affected, with almost six in 10 58 per cent saying they felt lonelier in the past year compared to 42 per cent of men.
This could be because they are more likely to live alone, since life expectancy is longer for women. Interestingly, people in their 60s were most likely to feel lonely 12 per cent compared to only nine per cent of those in their 80s. However, a small of respondents two per cent felt that the pandemic had made them less lonely, perhaps because it helped foster a sense of community. Age Scotland launched its free Friendship Line on 12 44 last year in response to the increasing of older people feeling alone. As well as taking thousands of calls, its staff and volunteers call many older people for a regular chat and to check they are doing OK.
These include David Rollie, 70, a retired ambulance driver from Jedburgh, who found himself living alone after his wife died.
He said:. All of a sudden the house was a lot quieter. I still miss her every day. It really makes a difference and I enjoy getting their calls. This new research has confirmed our fears that older people are feeling lonelier than ever before. This is taking a serious toll on their physical and mental health and well-being. Loneliness ificantly increases the risk of heart disease, dementia, and premature death, as well as leading to depression.
You are here: Age Scotland Latest News from Age Scotland New study reveals "lockdown loneliness epidemic" with more thanlonely older people in Scotland. New study reveals "lockdown loneliness epidemic" with more thanlonely older people in Scotland. Published on 25 June AM. Age Scotland and ScotInform surveyed more than 3, people aged over 50 between January and March The full survey is due to be released later this month.
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