Report warns of urgent need to tackle loneliness – Centre Forum

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Active & Supportive Communities, Home Page | 0 comments

Loneliness in older people must be ‘urgently’ tackled, with only ‘patchy’ access currently available to local support – a report warns.

Over half of over 85s feeling lonely some or all of the time, with health issues stemming from social isolation placing growing pressure on care services and the NHS, think tank CentreForum has claimed.

According to the Ageing alone report, only around half of local health and wellbeing boards which have published a joint health and wellbeing strategy have acknowledged loneliness and social isolation in their plans.

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