Play a part to help tackle lone­li­ness

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

In this our 50th year, An­chor recog­nises that lone­li­ness is near­ing epi­demic pro­por­tions and is some­thing which con­cerns the older peo­ple liv­ing with us. Ac­cord­ing to the Ca mpaign To End Lone­li­ness, more than half the coun­try’s 75-year-olds cur­rently live alone, which in­creases the like­li­hood of mor­tal­ity by 26%.

As we de­liver hous­ing, care and sup­port to 40,000 older peo­ple from our 1,000 lo­ca­tions across Eng­land, An­chor does its ut­most to pre­vent this. The older peo­ple liv­ing in re­tire­ment hous­ing prop­er­ties, like mine, ben­e­fit from liv­ing in a thriv­ing com­mu­nity. I’m also around if they need any sup­port.

That is why I wel­come the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ap­point Tracey Crouch as its Min­is­ter for Lone­li­ness. We wish her ev­ery suc­cess.

And lo­cal re­tail­ers can also help older peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing alone, to re­duce their sense of lone­li­ness. An­chor’s Stand­ing Up 4 Sit­ting Down cam­paign is ask­ing re­tail­ers to pro­vide seat­ing so that older shop­pers, as well as dis­abled peo­ple and preg­nant women, can rest mid-shop. A shop­ping trip may be a weekly chore for many but for some older peo­ple liv­ing alone it’s a chance for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and could be a life saver. Rhian Potts Man­ager, Chan­cel Court, Fisher Road, Can­ter­bury

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