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Eddie Lynch loneliness in later life COPNI dec 2018

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Eddie Lynch loneliness in later life COPNI dec 2018

  1. 1. Eddie Lynch Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland Loneliness in Later Life
  2. 2. Loneliness in Later Life • What is loneliness? • When and where does it strike? • Who does it effect? • What effect does it have? • Whose responsibility is it? • What can we do?
  3. 3. What is Loneliness? • The subjective feeling about the gap between a person’s desired levels of social contact and their actual level of social contact.
  4. 4. When and Where does Loneliness strike?
  5. 5. Who does loneliness effect?
  6. 6. Loneliness in Later life • Risk Factors – Death of a spouse/partner – Loss of friends – No family close by – Loss of mobility – Inadequate income – Disability – More consistent and ‘terminal’
  7. 7. What effect does it have?
  8. 8. What effect does it have? Mental Health Vulnerability
  9. 9. Whose responsibility is it?
  10. 10. Whose responsibility is it?
  11. 11. What can we do?
  12. 12. GB Developments….
  13. 13. What needs to happen? • Ageing Population should be a priority for government in NI • Policies and Legislation must support this • Greater public awareness of loneliness and practical ideas to address it • NI Loneliness Strategy
  14. 14. Thank you

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