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      Tuesday 13, January 2015

      Widowed men less likely to seek help than women

       
      THE majority of us will one day get married and a good percentage of us will grow old. Many of us will do both.

       

      The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that over 63% of people aged 52 or over who have been widowed, feel lonely some of the time or often.

       

      In a research study by International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and Independent Age, the number of old men living alone in the country will increase by 65% by 2030.

       

      The report suggests that men, compared with women who have been widowed, are less likely to ask for help, with many men relying on their wife to be the one to keep in contact with friends or family.

       

       

      According to Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness, isolation can also affect a person’s mental health, with 1 in 5 older people suffering from depression and also loss of quality of life.

       

      Laura Ferguson, Director for the Campaign to End Loneliness said: “Many charities struggle to find and engage with lonely, older men. With social isolation and loneliness posing such a serious risk to their health, local activities must be more tailored to suit men’s interests and needs.”

       

      Below is a short film about life after death. Although we do not know how it feels to become a widow, one day, some of us may become one. Derek Leonard shares his story of what it is like to lose the one constant in his life – his wife, Mary and how his life continues without her.



      By India Greenhalgh

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