In the plight to end loneliness in the elderly, Friends of the Elderly has started a new campaign, calling on you to help.
Loneliness in older people is increasing; over five million older people are affected by loneliness and this number is predicted to increase 40% by 2030.
It’s terrible to feel alone in the world and isolated from other human, our connections and feelings of connectedness is important to our health and well-being. Loneliness can cause depression and bad health that is comparable to smoking or alcohol consumption.
Everyday interactions with other people, such as a chat over the fence or at the bus stop, or even a simple smile and ‘hello’ when passing has been proven to combat loneliness. We all need to feel human and that we exist, let’s help lonely people feel that way.
Become a Friend
Friends of the Elderly is asking everyone to Be a Friend and connect with older neighbours and members of their community. Ways you can help:
- Become a friend and make your pledge on their site
- Sharing is caring – spread the word on social media and use #beafriend
- Talk to older neighbours and older people in your community and find out how you can help