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Older people shouldn’t feel lonely and isolated
Imagine not speaking to another human being for a whole month. 
Most of us would agree that would be pretty tough. Yet, sadly, loneliness and isolation are a stark reality for around 100,000 older people living in Scotland today.
What Age Scotland wants the Government to do
Loneliness has a profound impact on our quality of life, with serious implications for physical and mental health. We believe that every older person should have opportunities to make and maintain friends and connections so they can keep healthy and well balanced and enjoy life as much as possible; we believe that no-one should have no-one.
Age Scotland wants to see a national strategy to tackle social isolation and encourage recognition and coordinated responses across organisations that work with people who are isolated and vulnerable.
We want health and social care services to work with the Government to measure social connectedness, and to address loneliness in planning and delivering services.
Free public transport can be hugely important to older people’s wellbeing, but many areas don’t have adequate services. Including community and public transport in a national loneliness strategy would give additional focus to those needs.

John - Age UK Cold Homes Campaign

Older people shouldn’t feel lonely and isolated

Imagine not speaking to another human being for a whole month. Most of us would agree that would be pretty tough. Yet, sadly, loneliness and isolation are a stark reality for around 100,000 older people living in Scotland today.

What Age Scotland wants the Government to do

Loneliness has a profound impact on our quality of life, with serious implications for physical and mental health. We believe that every older person should have opportunities to make and maintain friends and connections so they can keep healthy and well balanced and enjoy life as much as possible; we believe that no-one should have no-one.

  • Age Scotland wants to see a national strategy to tackle social isolation and encourage recognition and coordinated responses across organisations that work with people who are isolated and vulnerable.
  • We want health and social care services to work with the Government to measure social connectedness, and to address loneliness in planning and delivering services.
  • Free public transport can be hugely important to older people’s wellbeing, but many areas don’t have adequate services. Including community and public transport in a national loneliness strategy would give additional focus to those needs.

Our Christmas Campaign

Christmas is a time usually associated with spending time with family and friends, but 40,000 older people in Scotland faced Christmas Day alone.

In December 2016 we launched our "No one should have no one at Christmas" campaign to raise awareness of the many older people feeling lonely and isolated during the winter months.

For more information: Contact the Policy & Communications team on 0333 32 32 400

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