MP warns against loneliness in Wirral
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03 Apr 2018
Greenwood MP has drawn attention to the problem of loneliness for older people
in Wirral after meeting with representatives of Age UK in Parliament.
Wirral West MP, who is also Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and
Pensions, attended a parliamentary reception hosted by Age UK to mark the
publication of a campaign report from the organisation looking at how older
people and their families experience the crisis in social care.
to figures presented by Age UK, there are 5,214 older people living alone
across Wirral West, with the organisation estimating that 7.6% of older people
there are lonely.
Greenwood MP said:
was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with representatives of Age UK at
their reception in Parliament.
was very concerning to hear of loneliness and social isolation across Wirral.
can also be an issue for older people who are providing unpaid care for a loved
one. Age UK’s research shows that many unpaid carers feel abandoned, isolated
and generally out of their depth, and that they are left to cope on their own
when they need support the most.
to Age UK, there is a real sense among carers and older people that working out
what to do and navigating the system can be extremely challenging when trying
to arrange care for themselves or a loved one. Their report suggests people
experience huge delays in receiving the information and basic help that they
need, and that some don’t get it at all.
are a number of organisations across Wirral who work tirelessly to combat
social isolation and loneliness. Any older people who feel lonely and think
they could benefit from some support can call 0151 482 3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about the help