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Loneliness is ‘major health issue’

It is also associated with poor mental health and, more surprisingly, with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and dementia.

By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,” wrote the poet John Donne in the 17th century, in an expression of loneliness and longing.

Some people seek isolation, but few choose to be lonely, primarily because it isn’t good for us.

Loneliness doesn’t just make people unhappy, research shows that it has an effect on mortality too.

It is also associated with poor mental health and, more surprisingly, with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and dementia.

Loneliness is a public health issue that should be tackled urgently, says Laura Ferguson, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, a coalition of organisations working to combat the problem including Age UK.

Can technology help us to support the ageing population?

How we care for our older relatives and neighbours could be the greatest challenge facing society

Alex Smith
Guardian Professional, Wednesday 30 May 2012 08.30 BST

Over the coming decades, older people face a perfect storm. They will reach retirement age when people are living longer than ever, pensions are in crisis and national government and local authorities are facing unprecedented spending cuts. Serious medical conditions, and the socio-economic challenges resulting from ageing, are on the rise – with dementia causing particular distress to many older people and their families, and isolation proving a persistent curse.

This crisis will only deepen over time. Tax revenues continue to diminish and state-led solutions, which for the past 70 years have provided comfort, dignity and care for people in old age, are not going to provide all the answers in future, no matter which political party is in power.

Free courses for unpaid carers

Published on Sunday 27 May 2012 09:09

CARERS can learn how to design cards on a computer at free courses which are being held in June.

A two-week course will take place on Thursday, June 14, and Thursday, June 21, at the old TA building, Elizabeth Street, Corby.

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