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• • • • • Re­turn flights to Jersey from Birm­ing­ham or East Mid­lands Ac­com­mo­da­tion at the 3* May­fair Ho­tel, St He­lier suberb lo­ca­tion for town cen­tre & Havre des Pas beach Full English break­fast Ho­tel En­ter­tain­ment Health club & in­door swim­ming pool Re­turn coach trans­fers from Jersey Air­port One item of checked-in bag­gage per per­son A LARGE pro­por­tion of Coven­try’s elderly pop­u­la­tion are likely to be suf­fer­ing from lone­li­ness as it is re­vealed al­most half of them live alone.

There are an es­ti­mated 6,327 peo­ple aged 80 or over liv­ing alone in the city and 4,650 of whom are women – al­most three quar­ters.

The NHS say that lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion is a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem for older peo­ple liv­ing in this coun­try – and it can lead to de­pres­sion and a se­ri­ous de­cline in phys­i­cal health and well­be­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to char­ity Age UK, hundreds of thou­sands of older peo­ple across the coun­try have not had a con­ver­sa­tion with friends or fam­ily for a month, while 3.9 mil­lion older peo­ple agree the tele­vi­sion is their main form of com­pany.

Caro­line Abra­hams, char­ity direc­tor of Age UK, said: “Lone­li­ness is cer­tainly not in­evitable in later life but it re­mains a wide­spread is­sue that blights the lives of far too many older peo­ple.

“Peo­ple’s so­cial net­works of­ten shrink due to life-chang­ing events such as re­tire­ment and be­reave­ment which can in­crease the risk of feel­ing lonely.“Our own re­search has shown that house­hold size is one of the risk fac­tors that make older peo­ple more likely to be lonely, as well as age, gen­der, health con­di­tion and dis­abil­ity, and mar­i­tal sta­tus.”

Elderly women are much more likely to be liv­ing alone than elderly men, which is likely due to the fact that women tend to live longer than men. A woman born in Coven­try over the last few years can ex­pect to live to around 82 years old on av­er­age, while men will typ­i­cally only make it to 79. The fig­ures, from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, show that 47% of all peo­ple over-80 in Coven­try live alone.

Around 40,148 peo­ple aged 16 and over are es­ti­mated to be liv­ing alone in the area, which works out at one in every six adults. The elderly are there­for three times more likely to live alone than adults in gen­eral.

Fig­ures in the rest of the West Mid­lands are sim­i­lar with 46% of Birm­ing­ham’s elderly pop­u­la­tion liv­ing alone.

Na­tion­ally, 45% of peo­ple aged 80 and over are liv­ing by them­selves.

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