Category: Sadness & Loneliness

More men experiencing isolation in old age – BBC report

Oct 15 2014

Men are often reluctant to join clubs for older people, says the study by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the charity, Independent Age. It predicts the number of older men living alone in England will increase by 65% by 2030. “When their partner dies, often a man’s social life shrinks,” said Independent Age chief …Read the full article

Here’s help if you’re low at the Festive Season

Dec 19 2013

I wrote this for a friend in his early 50’s, who will probably be alone over Christmas. His kids are with his ex-wife and he had a painful break-up from a new relationship several months ago. If you find yourself feeling down at this festive time of year, I hope this helps. EMOTIONAL BUOYANCY AIDS: …Read the full article

Living Alone and Loneliness::II. Enjoying Our Own Company

Jun 13 2013

… Choosing to Live alone without having to feel lonely. Making more social contact through meeting other people is an important way to reduce the feelings of inner loneliness which we can all feel from time to time, and research shows that the more social support we have the less are the risks of unhealthy …Read the full article

Living Alone and Loneliness: I. Stepping Up and Stepping Out

Jun 13 2013

 Stats show that more men in their 40’s and 50’s are living alone – the Office  of National Statistics data records that 1.3 million middle-aged men in the UK are living alone. Part of the reason is due to the decline of marriage (down from 79% of men in this age group in 1996 to …Read the full article

WRVS response to Health Secretary’s loneliness mapping announcement – Nov 2012

Nov 26 2012

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today announced that local authorities will begin to identify areas where older people suffer most acutely from loneliness to allow them to tackle the growing problem of social isolation and its harmful effects. “Loneliness amongst older people has been long overlooked, therefore we are delighted that local authorities will for the …Read the full article