By Debbie le Quesne

All the lonely people, where do they all belong?

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When the Beatles penned Eleanor Rigby in 1966 little did anyone realise that the striking lyrics about loneliness would capture the sentiments of a social trend in 2012.

It was, according to the critics of the day, a comment on post-war Britain. That analysis appears to be true of society today.
Almost 2.5million between 45 and 64 have their own home but no spouse, partner or children to live with them.
This group of loners has increased by more than 50 per cent – 800,000-plus – since the mid-1990s, the Office for National Statistics report said yesterday.
The number of men on their own has increased far more than women.
Divorce, fear of fresh commitment, careers and fewer marriages are blamed for the increase.
The bottom line, according to the figures, is that around 2.5m people aged 45-64 now live by themselves. For me, this is a ticking time bomb and just adds to the pressure on government to resolve the funding issues.
Sadly, for some of these people any initiative will come too late.
We have been fighting isolation issues with the elderly for decades and it appears we are still not winning.
Have a cheery weekend – Debbie


Written by debbielq

November 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

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