Many old people are chronically lonely

Many old people are chronically lonely

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A British organization speaks of one "Loneness epidemic", the society expectantly expensive

In the age, loneliness is particularly strong. This is due to the way of life, such as by the decay of families and life as a single. In the Great Britain, the Campaign to End Loneliness is started in 2011 to point out the development. In the country, 1.2 million pensioners should be chronically lonely. Half a million age people should spend at least 5-6 days a week without seeing another person or speaking. 51 percent of people over 75 years old life. Two fivefolds of old people (3.9 million) say the TV is their most important society.

After a survey, the British of this fate for the age is also aware that the loneliness is growing out of the working world. 89 percent ame that loneliness is becoming more and more likely at the high age, with the above-65-year-olds say this 93 percent.

Be lonely in a society, in communication and social networks seem to be all difficult. 76 percent of the pensioners interviewed by the campaign say it was difficult to add to be lonely because they do not want to fall to anyone. For 56 percent of all respondents, it is clear that it is difficult to identify as a lonely person. The stigma loneliness became millions of old people isolate, the organization, which of one "Loneness epidemic" speaks.

However, the experience of loneliness is of course not just old people in which they can quickly become chronic. 63 percent of all the adult British said in the survey, they had suffered from loneliness, including a quarter for months or more. And a quarter of the surveyed over 45 years is pessimistic or realistic and ames that loneliness is an unavoidable aspect of age.

Laura Alcock-Ferguson, the manager of Campaign to End Loneliness, greatly tries to portray the findings so dramatically: "With our aging population, the epidemic of loneliness is rapidly. The fact that over three quarters of the old people do not want to admit to feel lonely is very disturbing. The health consequences of loneliness are serious. They are worse than obesity and so bad for everyone, as if you were smoking daily 15 cigarettes." (See also: Chronic loneliness increases the risk of premature deaths stronger than obesity)

Since it is now guided to refer to the usus, always pointing to the economic consequences and to promote cost savings for changes, this is not missing here. The organization has commissioned a study at the scientists of the London School of Economics (LSE), after which the investment was rewarded in the evidence of loneliness.

For each pound, which is invested in effective measures for reducing or pravention of loneliness, 3 pounds were saved. Per person at the age of 65 years, which is very lonely, the social and medical costs were 6000 pounds in ten years. For example, people look for a doctor, only to talk to someone. The study essentially investigates the economic factors of different macers.

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