New Pilot Service to Address Social Isolation

Social isolation affects over half of all people over the age of 75.

Social isolation affects more than 50% of people aged over 75.   

It has a comparable risk to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and can increase mortality by 26%.  Individuals affected by the condition generally have very little contact with society other than necessary outings such as shopping.   

They may also go for extended periods of time without having an involving conversation with anyone and receive no visitors other than trades people or bill collectors.   

The condition is one which critically affects the individual’s overall health and wellbeing. It can cause a person to become depressed or be affected by other mental illness and it is on the increase throughout communities nationally.  

The condition can occur for a number of identifiable reasons such as retirement, loss of a spouse or close friend.   It may be that the person is inherently shy or lacks the finances to support a healthy social life.   

The condition can also be brought about by living in sub-par accommodations or a deprivated environment with a lack of accessible social amenities, relocation, displacement, cultural difference and more.   

Given the wide variety of causes, the condition in most cases is multifaceted in that an individual may be affected by more than one of the identifiable symptoms.   

Treatments and support services to alleviate and prevent the condition are still being developed as more is learned and further research is conducted.   Currently most treatment models are based on introducing a means of increasing both physical and mental activity into the life of the affected individual.   

To find out more about Social Isolation or to volunteer for the OCS service, call (0113) 451 0103 or visit our website at    

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