Isolation: the emerging crisis for older men: a report exploring experiences of social isolation and loneliness among older men in England

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Beach, Brian; Bamford, Sally-Marie
Publisher
International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
13 October 2014
Subject(s)
Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report examines social isolation and loneliness in older men. It looks at the differences between the way older men and older women report feeling lonely and isolated and how partners, families, health, financial circumstances and major life transitions, such as retirement and bereavement, influence their experiences. It also asks, in particular, what kind of service provision could help address social isolation among men and encourage their participation.

The research reveals that older men report significantly less social contact with children, family members and friends than older women. Almost 1 in 4 older men, 23%, have less than monthly contact with their children, and nearly 1 in 3, 31%, have less than monthly contact with other family members. For women the figures are 15% and 20%.

The report looks at the importance of partnerships and examines how older men’s social networks tend to decline after the death of a partner. It calls on men to take steps to prevent isolation and loneliness and recommends action that government, charities and service providers can take to better address the needs of older men.

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