Does Loneliness Have to Be a Side Effect of Old Age?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For many guests the happy occasions of spending one afternoon per month having tea with a group of older guests and volunteers, are the only cross on the calendar. Contact the Elderly would like to draw public attention to what complete isolation feels like and what people can do to help solve the problem.

Loneliness More Harmful Than Obesity, But Are GPs Are Ignoring The Problem?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Earlier this year, a 6-year study revealed that loneliness is twice as harmful than obesity, with lonely people more likely to die from it than obesit...

What Does Your Future Hold in 2030?

Beth Britton | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

One of the great challenges within an ageing society is maintaining connectivity between the generations. Far too much of our society exists within a silo mentality, and that is also true when it comes to issues of family geography. With our global economy, many family members are often geographically isolated from each other - potentially connected only via digital communications.

The Art of Loneliness

Aaron Vallely | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

Having a friend die young, one realizes that their own existence is not guaranteed simply because of their youth. It might seem obvious, but it can be easily overlooked. Friendship is a quintessential and resplendent activity for each of us all, indeed, a luxury for the living. T

What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell You

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

One huge fact that we will never reveal is that we are lonely. We are often on the outside looking in, looking in at both society and our own child, unable in a way to reach both. We are isolated from society due to our caring role, lack of financial support and understanding. We are isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'inside'.

Loneliness May Become An Epidemic By 2030

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Loneliness among the elderly may seem like an issue unrelated to you if you are in your 30s and 40s, but according to experts, you could be affected l...

Heart Attack And Stroke Risk Can Double After Loss Of A Loved One

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Losing a loved one is heartbreaking in any case. Little did we know however, is that bereavement can lead to serious cardiovascular issues. Grief d...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in the Battle Against Loneliness - Focusing on a Solution

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

Reading and hearing reports in the media each day, it is impossible to deny that there is increased awareness of the issue of loneliness and isolation in older people in the UK. Since I founded the charity 49 years ago, Contact the Elderly has been actively involved in combating loneliness, providing over a million face-to-face friendship links via our monthly tea parties

Poorna Bell

The Wonderful Benefits Of Being Alone

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The School Of Life, the initiative run by philosopher Alain de Botton to develop 'emotional intelligence', has just released a series of books on how ...

Seeking a New Route to Feeling Loved and Complete?

Tony Lobl | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Indeed, love probably means as many different things as there are people - from the unselfish care of a Mother Teresa to the heart-pounding passion of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Yet with Valentine's Day upon us it's the romantic variety tugging at our heartstrings, especially if we lack that special someone to share it with.

Emotional Weeding to Help You Overcome Feeling Depressed

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Have you ever felt like you are losing touch with yourself? Or have you ever felt like you do not know yourself anymore? Losing connection to one's inner drive and motivation is common and often brings people to counselling or therapy. Do you recognize any of the following?

Am I Lonely?

Amy Anka | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

"Are you going to have a cigarette all by yourself?" He asked. "I do everything by myself" I responded confidently, and matter-of-factly. "That's sad" he replied as he climbed into the car.

Families Can Fall Prey to Loneliness Too

David Holmes | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Holmes

The conventional image of loneliness or isolation, particularly at Christmas, is of an older person living on their own. But families can feel intensely isolated too. Everyone needs support from time to time, and when that support is absent and people feel they have no-one to turn to, it can have a significant impact on an individual's health and well-being and can damage families.

Is There a Deeper Connection Beyond Christmas Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

But do we have to let aloneness define who we are? Or can alone time, however it arises, offer the opportunity to dig deeper and find hidden resources? That's what happened to me. I found that a sense of alienation didn't necessarily need company in order to be subdued.

How To Cope With Christmas When You're Divorced

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're going through a divorce, are approaching your first Christmas as a divorcee, or have been divorced for a number of years, the festive s...

How To Cope With Loneliness

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Loneliness is a serious issue that can have a serious impact on mental health - it can contribute to problems, such as anxiety and depression. This ti...

Spread a Little Warmth This Christmas

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

It is very easy to get caught up in the whirl of Christmas parties, presents and social plans or to feel resentful of the expense and the family obligations. But for many people, winter can be a lonely season and Christmas is especially hard.

How to Meet People and Make Friends (or Not!)

Emma Brooke | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

I can't tell you if this will change me fundamentally for ever and ever as a person or whether it will just open my eyes a bit more to peoples' humanity and reduce my own insecure need to 'not put myself out there' for fear of rejection, but I have noticed that I've made a lot more friends in the past couple of weeks.

Love is...

Mark Oborn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Oborn

Words can't express how lonely I feel at the moment, and that is very definitely 'lonely' and not 'alone'. Those two words seem to have the same meaning on the face of it but they are so completely different.

The Man Who Doesn't Want to Go Home, a Feast of Mushrooms

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

There's an elderly lady I see every day with her irascible hound, Louis. The lady hobbles along with her cane and her willful companion often threatens to pull her over. The lady's husband died exactly a year ago.

How Does Jeremy Hunt (or Anyone Else) Know How Many Old People Are 'Chronically Lonely'?

Max Atkinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Max Atkinson

It can hardly have passed anyone's notice that one of the big media stories over the past few days has been Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's claims ab...

The Health Impact of Social Isolation

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

What people eat can change, though, and people's ability to engage in healthy eating is influenced by the social environment. This includes factors such as marriage, cohabitation, friendship and general social interaction...

Facing Blindness Alone

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lesley-Anne Alexander

Every year 23,000 people lose their sight in England. Invariably this has a devastating impact on their lives. Not only does sight loss have a massive emotional impact, but it also means having to re-learn almost every aspect of your life... However, sadly vital support is being dramatically cut.

Talk to Me, Measuring Time and What Really Matters (Part Two)

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Everyone wants to talk and stave off loneliness. It is poignant to see men and women of all ages taking a daily stroll in the woods and who seem distant and trapped by their memories.

Please Believe Me...I'm Not Back To Normal

Charles Donovan | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Donovan

Late last year, I leapt into the black night air and broke my back, feet and left wrist. And how am I now? I think of things like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and then I reprove myself sharply. Surely PTSD is for people blown up while doing something valiant in a war. What right have I to it?