Loneliness and social isolation are increasingly part of the experience of growing old. Reduced inter-generational living, greater social and geographical mobility, the rise in one-person households – all of these trends mean that older adults may become more socially isolated.
For elders with the resources to choose to live in a retirement community, travel to visit friends or simply to get online, the adverse consequences of loneliness may be minor. For others made vulnerable by sickness or reduced income the impact of loneliness and isolation may be profound.
The experience and consequences of loneliness and isolation vary with social position. Tackling these issues, therefore, has the potential to play a role in reducing health inequalities, as well as improving individuals’ quality of life.
There is a growing awareness of the need to tackle these issues and there are many organisations who are promoting activities and groups both throughout Liverpool and more locally in the pages / links in this menu.