While living alone doesn’t inevitably lead to social isolation, it is certainly a contributing factor. Anyone can find themselves disconnected from their community or feeling lonely, but older people are particularly at risk. This is because social contacts tend to decrease as we age. It could be from the loss of a spouse or partner, retirement or lack of mobility. And as a situation continues, it’s easy to hide away.
Social isolation is something that is a concern nationally and Age UK has launched their No One Should Have No One campaign to address the issue and get people talking. The social media aspect of the campaign is #NotByMySelfie, which invites people to tweet a photo and the hashtag with at least one friend, acquaintance or family member of an older generation. But what’s the point of the campaign? It’s to help the millions of older people who face the ups and downs of life almost entirely alone. A photo can speak a thousand words, and a simple selfie shows that we are there for older people. Continue reading