1 in 10 older Scots will spend Christmas Day alone
Written by centralfmnews on December 3, 2019
More than 1 in 10 pensioners will eat Christmas dinner alone.
Meanwhile, almost a quarter of older people say they’re not looking forward to the festive season.
Age Scotland, who collated the figures, are urging people to spend more time with elderly relatives and neighbours.
Brian Sloan, Chief Executive of Age Scotland, said: “We’re told Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, but it can also be the loneliest for tens of thousands of older people in Scotland. While most of us are looking forward to celebrating with friends and family, it’s sobering to think of almost 110,000 older people sitting down to dinner alone on Christmas Day.
“Our new research shows the heart-breaking extent of Scotland’s loneliness epidemic, which can be especially acute at this time of year. For those who have lost a loved one, there’s no doubt this is the toughest time. Older people tell us they are dreading December 25th as it brings back too many memories of happy times and those who have passed away.
“Loneliness and isolation can be hidden problems, but we estimate there’s at least one chronically lonely older person on every street in Scotland. There is still a stigma about loneliness that prevents people asking for help. This is taking a huge toll on their mental and physical health, with studies showing it increases their risk of heart attacks, strokes, and developing dementia.”