Teesside’s loneliest places revealed
Three of England’s worst 100 neighbourhoods for loneliness among older people are in Teesside, new research from Age UK reveals.
Owton in Hartlepool is the 72nd most lonely place for over-65s in the country, with Pallister in Middlesbrough coming in at 89th and Stockton Town Centre 92nd.
The research matches data from the last census with factors which are known to cause loneliness to give a ranking for 32,843 neighbourhoods across England.
Over 40 neighbourhoods in Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland were found to be in the “very high risk” category.
Age UK Teesside Chief Executive Anne Sykes said: “These are deeply worrying figures which highlight the extent to which older people are at risk from a lack of social interaction, closeness and affection from family and friends.”
Age UK says the complex factors which contribute to loneliness in later life include poor health, lack of mobility, being widowed, living alone, having difficulties with eyesight and not having a pet.
Anne Sykes said: “With a rapidly ageing population, this is an increasing problem. By identifying these “hotspots”, we will be able to work with local authorities, other charities and partners to deliver services which help to tackle the scourge of loneliness.”
Age UK Teesside provides a wide range of services in all four boroughs to help tackle loneliness, including befriending, social and health & wellbeing activities, information and advice and financial services designed for older people.