Before the outbreak of coronavirus, we were already facing a loneliness epidemic amongst older people. But as a result of the pandemic, this crisis has intensified.
Did you know that in the UK one million older people say they feel lonelier than ever at Christmas time?
Loneliness is a growing problem for older people on our Island, one in six older Islanders (65+) live alone. Feeling lonely doesn’t necessarily mean you have no one nearby. You may be surrounded by friends and family but still feel lonely. Loneliness is unique to every individual. It can have different causes and consequences for each of us. If you are lonely, your local charity Age UK Isle of Wight is here.
They know that the effects of loneliness and isolation can be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is associated with depression, sleep problems, hypertension, impaired cognitive health, heightened vascular resistance, psychological stress and mental health problems.
If you are lonely it is important to take steps to try and make new connections. Your local charity Age UK Isle of Wight can help you take this first step. Phone (01983) 525282 or visit www.ageukiw.org.uk today.
Their annual campaign supported by Megan Baker Estate Agents, is entitled is ‘No One Should Have No One’. They are asking for support of monetary donations to help to fund social isolation services or for donations of time – the charities befriending scheme, currently at its highest demand, is in need of volunteer support to help to relieve local loneliness, (this can be done in person or by telephone). There are many ways that you can offer support, some even without it costing you a penny, you can find out how online at www.ageukiw.org.uk
100% of all donations stay on the Island helping Age UK Isle of Wight to support our older residents, not only at Christmas, but all year round.