Loneliness and the Festive Season

Kiain McKean Read 1525 times

loneliness and the festive season

Christmas and the new year period can be a challenging time of year for many of us.

Perhaps we have lost a loved one during the year, making it harder without them. Or perhaps family circumstances have meant that we have chosen not to see someone for whatever reason. But what about those people who have no choice but to be lonely, even though they would rather be with their own family or friends? The elderly population are more likely to be affected by loneliness and the knock on effects of this, as they start to think about and miss the family Christmases that they used to have.

In the run up to Christmas, we do see a lot of media coverage and promotional events to try and combat loneliness. A lot of organisations do want to get involved. Many of you may have seen the various tv adverts that run both in and out of the festive season; for example ‘The Bisto Together’ project, which promotes the idea of inviting your potentially lonely and elderly neighbour over for a Sunday lunch. ‘The Bisto Together’ project have identified that “40% of over 70’s in Britain are skipping meals due to loneliness.” The gravy granules company partnered with the charity ‘Contact the Elderly’ encourage people to “spare a chair for a Sunday”.

This also supports the Age UK’s ongoing campaign to combat loneliness. Age UK identifies that for some older people, Christmas is just another day. They are providing many services to help and support the 1.4 million older people who feel cut off and isolated from society. Age UK has identified the devastating impact that loneliness can have, comparing it to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and being more damaging than obesity. Loneliness can cause anything from depression to hypertension and vascular resistance; conditions which can be life-threatening.

At Radfield home care Herefordshire and South Shropshire, we understand how hard it can be for elderly relatives who are lonely, not just at Christmas, but all through the year. We are strongly encouraging you to try to visit or contact your loved ones and neighbours over the festive period as it can really brighten their day. Some of our clients at Radfield are fortunate enough to have their families and loved ones around them, but there are still so many people in Herefordshire and South Shropshire who are suffering from loneliness and therefore may be spending Christmas on their own. Nevertheless, at Radfield Home Care, our dedicated team of care staff, will continue to work as they usually do over the Christmas period and support our clients and their families as normal.


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