Loneliness is a very real and upsetting emotion for many of the UK’s population, but none more so than amongst older people, many of whom live alone and can go for months without speaking or seeing anybody.
But feelings of loneliness don’t just occur when friends and family are few and far between. Very often changes in circumstances can spark a sense of isolation even when surrounded by loved ones. The loss of a partner or friend, disability or illness or even just an awareness of getting older can all be triggers.
This guide, shared by the NHS and produced by Independent Age, looks at strategies you can put in place to stay connected in older age. A workbook style format, the guide would also work well as an aide to help someone you care for understand and address their feelings.
Offering practical advice, key contact information for further help and real-life situations that many will be able to relate to, the booklet is a gentle read offering simple advice on how to identify and combat those anxious feelings of loneliness.