As you all remember Jo Cox M.P. lost her life last year. One of her aims was to combat loneliness, and before her death she devised a plan to bring the various existing campaigns together and launch a major Commission to ‘turbo-charge’ the issue as one of national urgency. For more information please take a look at the website of The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.
There are so many of us older people suffering from loneliness right now, and suffering is the right word. Can you imagine having no-one to talk to, with only a television for company? I admit to watching the television far too much, but it gives you the feeling that there are other people in the room with you.
Less than 11% of older people are in contact with family and friends over a period of a month. Now I know why I keep phoning my friends up! It does sometimes seem to be one-sided, but that’s because often they don’t fully understand. I feel that they have their perfect lives and loneliness is something that they pretend to understand, but in truth until you have experienced it, you don’t.
If you are a regular reader of my blog you will see that loneliness is very important to me. I shall keep returning to this issue until I can say I have befriended at least one chronically lonely person who I wouldn’t otherwise have made contact with. That would make me feel as if I’m not wasting my time with this problem, when it is so hard to get people to respond.
It’s up to you and me to make a change, be brave and make a start today. As the campaign says, I am #HappytoChat, just drop me a line. Let’s start a conversation.