Fight­ing lone­li­ness

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has wel­comed an NHS High­land cam­paign to high­light the is­sue of lone­li­ness which af­fects peo­ple of all ages.

Lone­li­ness af­fects both phys­i­cal and men­tal health and can even in­crease the risk of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease.

The prob­lem may be ex­ac­er­bated by the ru­ral ge­og­ra­phy of Ar­gyll and Bute and the high pro­por­tion of el­derly res­i­dents.

The cam­paign aims to raise aware­ness and en­cour­age peo­ple to help tackle lone­li­ness in their com­mu­ni­ties

Mr O’Hara said: ‘I be­lieve Scot­tish So­ci­ety has a long tra­di­tion of so­cial en­gage­ment with our friends and neigh­bours and we care. Lone­li­ness can be so eas­ily over­looked. This cam­paign will be run­ning through­out 2016 and 2017.

‘I would en­cour­age us all to take a mo­ment and en­gage with this cam­paign and if noth­ing else, be aware that lone­li­ness is a very real prob­lem.’

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