According to national and international research, an average of 10 per cent of the over 65s say they are lonely or very lonely. Feelings of loneliness can have a large effect on a person’s physical and mental health which is only compounded over time.
Groups such as the Campaign to End Loneliness have sought to raise the profile of this issue and tackle the preconceptions that surround loneliness.
Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven has expressed concern about people suffering from loneliness over the coming holiday period.
“We should all do our best during this Christmas period to make sure that no one feels lonely. It is also important that this issue is tackled all-year round and not just focused on the festive season.
There are some fantastic organisations that are raising awareness of this issue and I applaud their work”.
The Gay Elderly Men’s Society (GEMS) provide a social and friendship network for older gay men living in Brighton and Hove.
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