A recent survey that was carried out by the BBC has revealed that millions of people across Britain are going to be feeling lonely and down over the next few weeks. In fact, nearly 28% of those questioned said that typically, they feel isolated at least some of the time over the festive period and seven percent are even expecting to spend Christmas completely on their own this year.
A staggering 2.2 million pensioners have said that they’re not looking forward to Christmas because they’re worried about being housebound and not being able to travel or walk outside because of potential severe weather conditions. Furthermore, 650,000 people over the age of 65 say that they feel sad around this time of year because it brings back heartbreaking memories of friends, partners and family who have left them or passed away.
It’s not just the older generation who struggle to get through the holiday season however. Youngsters aged between 18 and 24 are nearly as likely (30%) to feel just as lonely as those aged over 65 (31%). The BBC survey also found that men are more likely to feel lonely than women are as are those with limited resources who come from poorer backgrounds.
Highlighting the seriousness of the issue, earlier this month the Archbishop of Canterbury urged people to invite elderly friends or neighbours who would otherwise be alone around for Christmas lunch. Other findings of the survey revealed that nearly two thirds of adults have acknowledged that they need to do more to help alleviate loneliness amongst their loved ones during the holiday season.
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