DAY 2 – Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week

Tuesday 17th  November 

Today’s theme is Loneliness and Social Isolation.

Over 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely. Half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.  If you know someone who is lonely or socially isolated, they may be vulnerable and open to forms of abuse such as scams and financial abuse.

As a result of the pandemic more of us may experience loneliness and social isolation due to the impact of social distancing measures and the reduction in face-to-face opportunities to socialise, connect with family, neighbours and friends, and to take part in physical activity and everyday cultural and faith experiences.

What does it feel like to be old and alone

One million of us are already suffering from acute loneliness, while two and a half million over 60s fear they could end up similarly isolated. The Channel 4 video below explains what it is like to be old and alone.

Please visit the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board Website for more information on Loneliness and Social Isolation, including Bearevement Support and COVID-19 and Loneliness and Isolation. Click here.