Were you aware that there are those within our community more vulnerable to loneliness than others? Nationally, the figure is about 1.2 million for many of us in later life who fall into this category.
The Campaign to End Loneliness says, “Feeling lonely can be fleeting, felt for just a day, or for it can be a longer term emotion. It is useful to think positively about doing something to help yourself out of loneliness, while remembering not to blame yourself for feeling this way. If you have been feeling lonely for a while, a first step is to notice and identify this, even if just to yourself. This can help you to think about what you could do to help yourself, or how to ask for help from others.”
Loneliness in older age need not be unavoidable so here are 5 simple tips for you to think about that might prove useful.
1. Decide what you enjoy most out of life and reach out to love ones or friends to support you to do more.
2. Look after yourself and keep healthy as possible including a sensible diet and by keeping active.
3. If loneliness is affecting your mental health, approach your GP or health visitor.
4. Perhaps share your skills with others or learn something new.
5. Find out about local activities going on near you around Colchester that you think you would like to do.
Check us out on our growing web site to see what Colchester Age Concern can do for you. We are always here to help: https://www.ageconcerncolchester.org.uk
Also for friendly faces and a bit of chatter, have you thought about coming to one of our coffee mornings? Find out more from our events page: https://www.ageconcerncolchester.org.uk/events/
The “Campaign to End Loneliness” site includes more tips and information for you to browse: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org