A new survey has revealed almost one in six over 65s worry more about loneliness than COVID-19.
More than 500 over 65s took part in the survey, which was conducted earlier this month by SECOM CareTech, a telecare provider for elderly and disabled people.
It found that over half (52%) of elderly adults were worried about spending Christmas without their families, and almost one in six (16.5%) are worried more about loneliness than COVID-19.
The findings suggest more work needs to be done to support older people this winter, and underlines the importance of combatting loneliness and social isolation in the elderly.
Neil Fitzwalter, care technology manager at Secom, said: “By recognising the impact of loneliness, we are by no means undermining the importance of social distancing or shielding – they are crucial for keeping vulnerable people safe.
“However, elderly loneliness shouldn’t be seen as an acceptable side-effect of the pandemic. More needs to be done to help those in long-term lockdown. That’s why we will be calling each of our CareTech customers on Christmas Day to wish them a Merry Christmas and make sure they’re okay.”