Irish charity encourages people to visit older family members and friends
- October 6, 2016
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- Category: Miscellaneous
In conjunction with the International Day of Older People on 1st October, Irish charity ALONE has encouraged people to visit older family members and friends in order to combat loneliness.
CEO of ALONE, Sean Moynihan, believes that many people are not aware how difficult loneliness can be for general health.
He told the Independent: “Not only can loneliness lead to depression, but it is also a predictor for dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsively.
Loneliness is twice as dangerous to the health of an older person as obesity, and is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
To mark International Day of Older People, the charity highlighted the importance of their Befriending services that provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated.