Tackling Loneliness During The Holidays

The holidays are a time for friends and family yet, for some people, the holidays can be the hardest, and loneliest, time of the year.

An 'Age UK' survey found half a million older people expect to feel lonely over the festive period. To them, it's 'just another day.’ Yet four in five people have not sought any help and it's not unusual for over-65s to go a whole month without speaking to friends and family. There are many reasons why people might feel lonely at Christmas, from being reminded of lost loved ones, to feeling anxious or left out of the seemingly endless social events over the festive period. Psychologist Joanna Konstantopoulou, founder of the Health Psychology Clinic, offers the following advice on how to identify if an elderly person is suffering with loneliness.

Are they...

  • Isolating themselves and spending a lot of time at home,

  • Not seeking social interactions like they used to,