Loneliness

It’s recently been reported in the national media that there are over two million elderly people living in poverty. This is a shocking fact. We as a society will be judged by how well we care for our elderly and vulnerable. Among the elderly living in poverty are men who are depressed, aren’t aware of the extent of their depression, and are fundamentally lonely. Actually, they’re likely depressed because they’re lonely. Evidently, elderly men are much less likely to seek company than elderly women.

Elderly, poor and lonely. If the former isn’t an issue, we should be addressing the latter two. Loneliness is the result of isolation even if the person is surrounded by people. If a lonely person doesn’t reach out then we need to reach out to them. No one, regardless of age, needs to be lonely. With less loneliness there’s less depression and in terms of knowledge and experience the elderly have much to offer us.