MP supports campaign to tackle elderly isolation in Harrogate district

MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones at Communicare in Boroughbridge (s).
MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones at Communicare in Boroughbridge (s).
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The campaign highlighting the problems of loneliness and isolation among the district’s elderly population has attracted the support of MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones.

Mr Jones recognises the nationally important concern facing people across the country.

He said: “Most people have at one time or another felt lonely or isolated. But for the elderly, particularly those recently bereaved, after a lifetime of togetherness the chances of loneliness and isolation are higher.

“Ensuring the elderly aren’t lonely or isolated is something we would all hope that a responsible and caring society would do, but it is much, much more than that.

“Not all elderly people living alone are lonely, but with 3.1m people aged over 65 going more than a week at a time without seeing family or friends, the number that are at risk is high.”

However, Mr Jones also acknowledges that, in the Harrogate district in particular, there are many vital efforts to combat the issue of loneliness.

“In our area we are fortunate to have many groups to support the elderly, many of which I have seen first hand working in the team,” he said.

“As a society we need to ensure that those who will benefit from opportunities to mix with others are able to do so and that loneliness and isolation are not allowed to creep up, leading to depression and poor health.

“That is why the efforts being made locally to address this issue are important.

“Preventing loneliness and isolation are about our values of society - about how we look out for others in our community. That is why I support the Harrogate Advertiser series’ campaign to highlight this issue.”