COTLAND’S older generation are amongst the least lonely in the UK, according to a new report commissioned by McCarthy & Stone, which reveals l oneliness now affects over a million people – and has a detrimental impact on health akin to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
The report – compiled by cross-party think tank Demos and entitled Building Companionship: how better design can combat loneliness in later life - also says the high levels of companionship found in purpose-built retirement developments could be emulated in the wider community, with building design and town planning key f actors t o help address s ocial isolation.
LOOKING for a statement piece for your home?
One of the more unusual items in the 700 or so items going under the hammer at Swan and Turner’s sale rooms in Jedburgh on July 16 is Lot 637, a 19th century Highland cattle horn armchair.
It is understood to have originated from the Balmoral Estate, and is estimated to achieve £300 to £500.