Loneliness is a problem in our society. Up to 35% of those over 65 feel lonely most of the time. Family members of people experiencing social isolation can feel torn between their everyday responsibilities and providing company for their loved one. Here at Harley Street Care we provide a tailored companionship care for individuals in London.
We are more likely to feel lonely as we get older
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More about lonliness
People can become victims of social isolation for many different reasons.
People experiencing illness, disability or poor mental health all have a higher chance of feeling lonely. This can be due to problems with accessibility, confidence, not knowing when you will feel well enough to attend social occasions – the list goes on.
Surprisingly, though, 60% of younger people also report that they suffer with loneliness at some time.
We can see that loneliness and social isolation is not specific to any particular type of person or group.
Loneliness is indiscriminate in its effect.
As social beings, we thrive on interaction. A chat, a laugh, and being ‘kept in the loop’ all make a positive difference to how we feel. In fact, enforced social isolation is often used as a punishment as we don’t enjoy being on the outside of our community.
In today’s society isolation is more common than we might expect.
Communities have widened.
Families have spread.
People can ‘talk’ over the internet and barely use a phone for its original purpose anymore.
Add these to the fact that in the majority of households all working age adults are in employment and we find the recipe for loneliness. Family members of those who feel lonely often just don’t have enough time in the day to fulfil all their responsibilities.
Studies have shown that social isolation is not only something that causes us to feel lonely. With the related effects it has on health and wellbeing it is important that we treat it seriously. An increased prevalence of self-destructive behaviours, immune and cardiovascular changes, sleep disturbances and stress have all been attributed to the social isolation of people of all ages.
All it takes is a phone call.
Social isolation can often become a vicious circle. When you feel isolated it is hard to reach out and do something about it. However, there are many organisations that can offer advice on loneliness and provide support and signposting for those experiencing it.