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The world is ageing, and while men and women often experience some of the same fundamental effects of ageing they also experience some considerable differences. Women are not only subject to specific challenges, but often a huge part of their lives are filled with making ificant contributions to their families, communities and to the wider society.
The census data showed that 5, women are aged 65 and over in the UK just over one million more women than men. Written by Laura Ferguson, Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, this essay explains why addressing loneliness for women needs to be approached from two angles: targeting the individual woman and by better understanding the whole population of women as a whole.
Addressing the problem of loneliness that women experience in later life requires a dual approach. One strand must be to consider the person.
The experience of loneliness is as individual as the person feeling it. Only you can tell me if you are lonely. At the same time, we must seek a whole-population view of the problem of loneliness. We already know a great deal about risk factors and potential consequences for the whole population of women. It is profoundly important to consider these when preparing for the specific needs of women who are or could become lonely. Gender-specific social activities are often argued to be helpful in alleviating loneliness for men, partly because the activities provided by local charities tend to be group or discussion based, and are perceived as being more suited to women.
What is really needed — for men or women — are activities based on a particular interest, at a particular time of life, and that involve the person in creating their own solution. Therefore, research conclusions about interest, time and de  focuses us on the needs of the individual. It will create a network of self-sustaining support groups to help their transition into a life without their loved one. Social research on loneliness has identified a of likely triggers and consequences of loneliness that specifically relate to women.
It is argued that older women may be more at risk of social loneliness missing a circle of friends as opposed to emotional loneliness missing a special someone . Although living alone is not necessarily the same as feeling lonely, research shows that those who do live alone are more likely to be lonely . Consideration of the whole female population shifts loneliness from social care to a broader arena. Loneliness has serious, negative health impacts, with consequences for the female population.
In tackling the scourge of loneliness, it is crucial to start with the individual: women must have their needs catered for. Whereas, to understand the impacts loneliness can have on health requires a whole-population approach, including understanding the specific demographic needs of large portions of that population, such as women. A knowledge-based response to women who are at risk of becoming lonely, or who are lonely, requires effective partnership working at a local level.
Knowledge about loneliness both at population and individual level is an urgent requirement for all those who are responsible in our local areas for funding services and activities that promote and sustain our health and wellbeing as well as for those who offer and deliver services to reduce loneliness. Essay from Ageing and Women: Has the sisterhood forgotten older women? Have you seen our latest loneliness research publication? To receive latest news about loneliness, research, practice and policy, become a supporter of the Campaign.
For more information about gathering information about risk factors and loneliness visit our toolkit for health and wellbeing boards. Preventing social isolation and loneliness among older people: a systematic review of health promotion interventions.
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