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Primary School Children Tackling Lonliness in the Elderly

Here is a link to a beautiful video article that I saw recently on BBC Education News, Gloucester. Primary school pupils from a school in Gloucestershire have been sending handwritten postcards to the residents of local care homes in a bid to tackle lonliness and isolation in the elderly.

It prompted me to look into lonliness in older people and it shocked me to learn that so many elderly people feel completely cut off from society leading to a serious effect on our health including depression, sleep problems, hypertension, mental health problems to name a few. It also saddened me to read that many older people fail to reach out or talk about lonliness and isolation as there seems to be stigma attached to the subject.

According to Age UK:

  • 3.6 million older people within the UK live alone with over 2million of those people being over 75
  • 1.9 million older people feel ignored or invisible
  • Lonliness can be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

It's amazing to see a small gesture, such as the above post card, have such a huge positive effect, not only the elderly residents, but also the children writing the postcards. It can also help to bring the community together, help repair and improve inter-generational relationships within society whilst bringing a smile to someones face!

If you are affected by anything in this article please find links to some helpful websites below.

What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear from you! Please e-mail your comments to [email protected]

To watch the video article please follow the link below.

To watch the BBC article “Stroud school children send postcards to elderly people” please follow this link:
Video journalist: Kathryn Emerson
Photo Credit: istock
The figures used within the article were taken directly from the Age UK website: 


Helpful links:

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