This week is #LonelinessAwarenessWeek and according to Age UK, over 2 million people aged 75+ live alone in England. Over half of them say they often go over a month without speaking to a family member, friend, or neighbour. There are several helplines and charities set up to help battle loneliness amongst the elderly:
Contact the Elderly is a charity that holds tea parties on Sundays for people aged 75+ living alone. Visit Contact the Elderly’s website.
The Silver Line is a a free, confidential helpline for people aged 55+, available every day and night. Their specially trained team offer friendship, advice, protect and support older people suffering with abuse and neglect. Call The Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90 or visit their website.
Independent Age offer free, impartial advice on issues like money and benefits, care and support, mobility and health. Call them on 0800 319 6789 or visit their website.
Age UK is a charity that provides national and local services to support older people. They help with information & advice, and health & well-being. Call Age UK on 0800 055 6112 or visit their website.
Friends of the Elderly run care homes and community services in England. They provide support for older people affected by loneliness and grants for those living on a low income. Call them on 0300 332 1110 or visit their website.