Older people want to make new friends but don’t know how, survey finds


One quarter of older people would really like to make a new pool of friends but do not know the place to begin, a ballot has proven.

A survey of 1,000 people aged 65 and over revealed 30 per cent assume they’ve misplaced the artwork of small speak as they’ve older.

And virtually half don’t really feel like they spend sufficient time socialising.

Overall, a 3rd of over 65s admitted they’ve skilled loneliness – a sense which might trigger the decline of each their bodily and psychological well being.

When it comes to why older people would really like to make extra friends, 16 per cent mentioned it was as a result of a lot of their companions had handed away, whereas 15 per cent consider it will make them really feel much less lonely.

While 20 per cent really feel making extra friends would give them an excuse to get out of the home extra.

The ballot was commissioned by Churchill Retirement Living as a part of its Friendship Month, the place it’s encouraging people to go to its developments and see the social factor of unbiased dwelling.

Spencer J McCarthy, Chairman & CEO for the retirement dwelling supplier, mentioned: “It is sad to see that so many people over the age of 65 feel like they’re not socialising as much as they would like or they’re struggling to make new friends.

“With the spare time it brings, retirement provides an opportunity to try new things and meet new people.

“Age shouldn’t be a barrier – if anything it should be an opportunity.

“Joining social clubs, attending community events, volunteering and taking up new hobbies are just a number of ways those who might be lonely or bored can meet like-minded people.”

The research additionally discovered that the common over 65 has six friends – with a 3rd seeing their them a couple of times per week.

However, 31 per cent of these polled by way of OneBallot admitted they’ve misplaced confidence in making friends as they’ve older.

The essential motive was as a result of they haven’t tried to make friends in so lengthy, whereas many really feel like they’re too previous to make new friends and 44 per cent don’t know the place to go to meet people.

And of the over 65s who nonetheless work, a number of even really feel they battle to make friends within the office.

Churchill Retirement Living is encouraging people to go away loneliness behind and make new friends, with a £20 Café Nero or Costa voucher is on provide to each new customer who takes a tour of certainly one of its new developments throughout the nation by 17 December.

A spokesperson for Churchill Retirement Living added: “We understand the importance of friendship as well as independence – and we do our best to help bring people together.

“Millions of older people across the UK find themselves experiencing loneliness or struggle to find ways to make friends – and social isolation can bring misery when it needn’t be the case.

“We’d encourage, where possible, people who are looking to increase their social interactions to pick up the phone and speak to groups and societies which hold coffee mornings and other events.”


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