Social isolation a very real risk as we age says SagaTuesday 8 July 2014
Commenting on new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) that show that some of those in receipt of social care feel isolated, Paul Green, director of communication for Saga said:
Social isolation a very real risk as we age says Saga
"Social isolation is a very real risk as we age, and for those who do not have family close by this risk increases. We need to recognise that it's not just about living longer it's about ageing well and social interaction is part of that. As a society we need to recognise that living well is not just about an individual's physical well-being, it about their mental well-being too, and having regular contact with others is a key part of this.
Support from the voluntary sector is likely to be increasingly important in years to come, but so too is the focus of local authorities in ensuring that adequate time is allocated in care plans to ensure that a holistic approach is taken to improve the lives of our elders".
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