Mil­lions of older peo­ple have no-one to turn to, says re­port

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

MIL­LIONS of pen­sion­ers feel they have no-one to turn to for help and sup­port, a char­ity has warned.

Age UK es­ti­mates that 2.65 mil­lion peo­ple over the age of 65 face their prob­lems alone.

When asked: ‘Do you ever feel like you have no-one to go to for help or sup­port?’, 23% of over 65s an­swered ‘al­ways, of­ten or some­times’, ac­cord­ing to a poll of more than 1,000 Bri­tish adults aged 50 and over.

Us­ing pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates, the char­ity has cal­cu­lated that mil­lions have no-one to turn to.

Ac­tress Dame Judi Dench said the fig­ures were “heart­break­ing”.

Among those who felt they had no-one to turn to, al­most a quar­ter (24%) said this left them feel­ing lonely, 22% said they felt iso­lated and one in five said it made them de­pressed.

The char­ity re­leased the find­ings to mark its new cam­paign to en­cour­age peo­ple to sup­port their ser­vices for the el­derly, such as its Age UK Ad­vice Line.

It said that last year it helped 210,000 call­ers deal with is­sues in­clud­ing be­reave­ment, tack­ling lone­li­ness, get­ting so­cial care sup­port and man­ag­ing health prob­lems like de­men­tia. Back­ing the new cam­paign, Dame Judi said: “We all know that age­ing is in­evitable, but it’s heart-break­ing to think of older peo­ple who feel they have no-one they can turn to.

“Age UK is work­ing hard to change this, and by sup­port­ing their ‘No-one should have no-one to turn to’ cam­paign you can help them to be there for older peo­ple who might have no-one else.”

Age UK’s char­ity di­rec­tor Caro­line Abra­hams added: “We have a rapidly age­ing pop­u­la­tion and it is heart-break­ing to think that more than two and a half mil­lion older peo­ple feel they have noone to go to for help - that’s more than the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of Birm­ing­ham.

“The fact is that get­ting older can be re­ally tough, and how­ever re­silient you are it’s im­por­tant to know some­one will al­ways be there for you, come what may.

“That’s what we aim to be for older peo­ple at Age UK and we know it makes a dif­fer­ence.”

To sup­port the cam­paign visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/noone or to con­tact the char­ity’s Ad­vice Line, which is open ev­ery day of the year from 8am to 7pm, call 0800 055 6112

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