Older men's health threatened by loneliness
With an older population more men are struggling with loneliness.
It has long been thought of as blighlting elderly women, and even now one in five male deaths are before the age of 65, but more men are also hit by loneliness and the mental and physical health problems that often follow.
As well as the aging population, there are other reasons behind this. As the BBC reports:
Men are often reluctant to join clubs for older people, says the study by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the charity, Independent Age.
It predicts the number of older men living alone in England will increase by 65% by 2030.
The Guardian adds:
According to the report, which calls for government action to prevent the worsening of a largely hidden crisis, the problem is worse for men than women. More older men experience high levels of social isolation and almost a quarter of men over 50 have less than monthly contact with their children compared to just one in seven women. Nearly one in five older men admitted to having less than monthly contact with friends compared to one in eight for women.
For more from the Men's Health Forum:
- Delivering Male - best practice guidelines on men's mental health