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Older men must 'learn to reach out'

Older men must 'learn to reach out'
27th July 2012

Older men across the UK must learn to reach out to others when they are feeling lonely.

Almost 200,000 males over the age of 75 feel isolated but adopt a "stiff upper lip" attitude, instead of asking for help, according to research from the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS).

A survey found that 36 per cent of older men would describe their situation as lonely or very lonely, but are less likely to speak out about their situation.

Therefore, males are being urged to ask for help from close family members or their GPs to deal with loneliness.

David McCullough, chief executive of the WRVS, commented:  "Given the stigma attached to admitting to being lonely and needing help, this may even be an optimistic snapshot."

Luckily, loneliness is something that can easily be addressed through a multichannel approach, including care workers, involvement in activities and social groups, and family support.

Find the nearest Barchester care home.