Dublin charity urges public to reach out and tackle loneliness experienced by older people during Covid pandemic

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A Dublin charity is urging the public to reach out and tackle the loneliness felt by the elderly.

ALONE encourages members of the public to change a person’s day by reaching out to an older person in their life, whether that is a neighbor, friend, relative or family member. person she doesn’t know very well in order to #ChangeOneDay.

They ask the audience to: “Call 1 – Nominate 1 – Change 1” – call an elderly person, name a friend to do the same and change a person’s day for the better.

ALONE highlights the dangerous effects of loneliness experienced by older people instead of Loneliness Awareness Week.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said: “Loneliness is a serious problem among the elderly, which is not a new event due to the arrival of COVID-19, in reality it has is only being exacerbated and we know that the long-term impacts of loneliness will continue to worsen. affect older people long after the pandemic has ended.

“It is important that we begin to implement the recommendations of the Loneliness Task Force; currently there are no structures in place for the protection of the elderly or funding to alleviate the growing effect of the loneliness felt across the country.

He continued, “We ask members of the public to continue reaching out and checking in with the elderly.

“A few minutes out of your day, for a safe phone call or visit, could absolutely #ChangeOneDay for a senior, especially if they are struggling with loneliness. “

Loneliness levels have almost doubled in less than a year according to the CSO, from 6.8% in April 2020 to 13.1% in February 2021.

During this period, the groups most at risk, including the elderly, suffered significant and damaging impacts.

Loneliness has been linked to an increased risk of premature death, with some studies highlighting that older people facing high levels of loneliness are twice as likely to die within six years as those who are not alone.

Studies have linked loneliness and social isolation with higher risks of physical and mental problems, including heart disease, anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.

This campaign coincides with National Selfie Day on June 21, and you can name more by posting a selfie on your social media.

The organization encourages people to post a selfie or photo of themselves on a phone call, on a FaceTime call with an elderly person, or on a safe, physical visit in person and post them on social networks with the hashtag #ChangeOneDay.

You can then designate another person to do the same to combat the effects of loneliness.

You can contact ONLY if you have concerns about your own well-being or the well-being of an older person you know.

Their national helpline is available seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm on 0818 222 024. Further information is available at www.alone.ie.

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