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Loneliness and the elderly

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Roger Cotton

As we live longer, the prevalence of loneliness and isolation among the elderly increases. Is it inevitable?

Sometimes it isn't that a person is alone, it's the quality of social contact they lack.

We're a civilised society and yet many elderly neighbours live with virtually no communication with others for weeks on end. We assume they must have contact with somebody, just not us.

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Caring for carers

Posted on October 2, 2017 by Raman Sankaran
As we all know the UK has an ageing population and with people working longer and having children later in life, it is likely there will be a rise in the number of 'sandwich' carers - those caring for children as well as elderly relatives. We also know that around 1 in 9 of the UK workforce are formal carers. However, this figure could be up to four times higher when including those who aren't receiving formal support for caring, but they will be experiencing many of the same difficulties and challenges. Continue Reading