New Report on Loneliness Published

The Director of Public Health for NHS Highland has just published his annual report for this year on the topic of loneliness. Loneliness is a significant health issue which causes premature death on par with smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for you than being overweight or inactive. It also causes ill-health like depression, dementia and heart disease.
The report presents local research showing that a significant proportion of older people experience loneliness. A survey of 3,000 people across all Highland and Argyll & Bute found 67% of respondents feel some degree of loneliness with 8% classing their loneliness as intense.
The report is a call to action to partners to consider what they can do to reduce loneliness and includes examples of good practice including the community resilience workers in Argyll and Bute and Shopper Aide in Kintyre.

Loneliness report 2016