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GPs need more time to care for the nation's million older people who are chronically lonely, a leading doctor has said. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, likened loneliness and social isolation to suffering a long-term physical condition. She will tell the Royal College's annual conference…
Joanna Lumley has said technology in modern life has "intensified" the loneliness felt by elderly people. The actress, 71, said the art of "everyday chit-chat" is at risk of dying out, pointing out that people on Tube trains tend to be "staring at their screens, not looking at each other".…
Girlguides in Manchester have launched a UK first with a new badge to tackle loneliness in old people. Youngsters have been visiting homes for the elderly and sheltered housing centres to speak to senior citizens to earn the new badge. It is hoped the initiative will be adopted by other…
More than three-quarters of unpaid carers in Scotland feel lonely or socially isolated, a new survey has found. A total of 83% said they feel that way due to the pressures of caring for loved ones. Carers who report feeling lonely are almost twice as likely to have worse mental…
Four in five unpaid carers feel lonely or isolated, a new poll suggests. A survey of more than 7,000 carers across the UK found that 81% have felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role, according to a new report from the charity Carers UK. This…
The British Red Cross has started rolling out brand new services to tackle loneliness & social isolation and is calling for people across the UK to join its teams providing vital support for up to 12,500 adults of all ages. In response to its major research published in December, and…
Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV. Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which…
Many older patients with common mental health problems are not being offered an effective form of treatment, experts have said. The authors of a new study claim that elderly patients are being "under-referred" for talking therapies, despite evidence suggesting that they benefit more than younger ones. Concerns about age discrimination…
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