Plan aims to tackle blight of lone­li­ness

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AR­GYLL and Bute coun­cil­lors voted last week to sup­port rec­om­men­da­tions to re­duce the im­pact of lone­li­ness in older peo­ple.

NHS High­land’s an­nual re­port has re­vealed that eight per cent of its 1,500 re­spon­dents ex­pe­ri­ence lone­li­ness, by ei­ther miss­ing a wider so­cial net­work or in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship, and was sig­nif­i­cantly higher among those with more than one long-term con­di­tion, a dis­abil­ity, and those who pro­vide un­paid care.

Lone­li­ness is as­so­ci­ated with in­creased mor­tal­ity on par with smok­ing 15 cig­a­rettes, and in­creased in­ci­dence of long-term con­di­tions such as de­men­tia, heart dis­ease, high blood pres­sure and de­pres­sion.

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