An Age UK and Campaign to End Loneliness 2015 report, Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness and Isolation in Later Life, reveals good practice. The spectre of loneliness is haunting older people forced to shield due to COVID-19. We … The Loneliness Experiment was a study conducted by BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection and researchers at The University of Manchester, Brunel University London, and Exeter University.. More than 55,000 people aged 16 years and over took part in the study - making it the largest-ever study into the issue of loneliness. Poor health can lead to loneliness and social isolation and vice versa, so cause and effect are tricky to nail down. ... Research by Australian aged care provider, Whiddon Group, indicates that close to 50 percent of seniors living at home report being lonely, compared with around ten percent in the general population. The Effects of Loneliness and Isolation on the elderly.
Older people can be particularly vulnerable to loneliness and isolation. Research shows that half of all people aged over 75 live alone, and one in 10 people over 65 often feel lonely. See the full IoTUK report “Social Isolation and Loneliness in the UK” here. As part of the project, a new app is being co-created with a group of 10 local older adults and will be rolled out for piloting in the new year.
The Co-op knows through its own research that loneliness is not the preserve of the elderly, it can affect people at different life stages.
Those who have caring responsibilities were found to be 37% more likely to report loneliness than those who do not. The researchers believe the study of the effects of loneliness and social isolation is currently at the stage that research into the risks of obesity was decades ago. The UK arm of the Mobile Age project is focused on the South Lakeland area and centres around reducing social isolation and loneliness.
For example, it …