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Loneliness in Sutton

July 12, 2012 5:42 PM

More than 3,000 pensioners in Sutton could be suffering physical and mental health problems as a result of being lonely.

Today Tom Brake MP highlighted that loneliness is a major social issue that impacts on health and people's quality of life and which needs to be taken seriously by the Government and local organisations alike.

Tom welcomed the news that the Coalition Government will be working with the care and support sector to develop measures of loneliness to help identify people at risk of social isolation. This will help older people in Carshalton and Wallington to receive the help and support they need to re-connect to their communities.

According to national and international research - an average of 10 per cent of the over 65s say they are lonely or very lonely. In Sutton this means there are around 3,000 lonely pensioners who could be experiencing serious long-term effects on their health as a result.

Tom said: "It is very sad to think that so many of our pensioners are lonely, and lonely to the point that it impacts on their health. Some can lose the will to live, due to loneliness and that is tragic. We, the Government, and society, must do more to improve the social quality of lives for our elderly citizens."

Sutton is fortunate in having a number of organisations which support senior citizens and help reduce isolation, such as the Sutton Seniors' Forum, the Euro Asian Centre and the Derby and Joan Club and charities such as Age UK Sutton.

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