Tag Archives: loneliness

The global loneliness epidemic impacts all ages

Will more countries appoint a “Minister of Loneliness” following the footsteps of the UK and Japan? In the United States, loneliness costs the country almost US$7 billion extra in healthcare costs each year. Loneliness is not the same as social isolation. People can be isolated (alone) yet not feel lonely. …

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Tim Carpenter, Encore Publics Voices Fellow, CEO and Founder of EngAGE writes on combatting isolation and loneliness as the pandemic surges on

“My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me.” Green Day, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” I am surrounded by people, I am loved and respected, and yet I often feel lonely. I am about to turn 60, the young side of older adulthood, but I’ve experienced many of the things …

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“I’m in the dark place”: older people talk about loneliness

NZ Doctor recently published an interview discussing a new paper published from our Ageing Well project exploring social connection among older people in Aotearoa. We used in-depth qualitative methods to identify the sophisticated ways in which older people conceptualise ‘social isolation’, ‘social connection’, and ‘loneliness’. This is an important addition to the literature …

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Befriending services: when and how do they help?

Janine led our latest paper from our Ageing Well project exploring ways to alleviate loneliness among diverse cultural groups. It helps fill a gap in current understanding about whether befriending services influence older peoples’ experiences of social isolation and loneliness, and if so, how We explored older adults’ experiences of, and attitudes …

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Is loneliness our future?

It is concerning to hear how often older people say they feel lonely or are isolated. Terms such as a ‘loneliness epidemic’ have emerged in recent years to describe the rising number of people feeling lonely in our communities. How can we then turn the tide on this to ensure …

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Interdependence vs independence: the value of keeping connected

Feeling not connected to other people and/or feeling lonely can become problematic as we get older. Feeling lonely is different from living alone, where you might still be connected with your community. These feelings may be due to a number of factors e.g. loss of someone close, moving house, loss …

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

For a number of reasons, Christmas may not be the joyful holiday for older people it is made out to be in film and TV. Loneliness, mobility restrictions and disability may impact on an older persons’ ability to join in with on the Christmas celebrations. Here are a few ideas …

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