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Elderly people turning to GPs over loneliness

Loneliness is a serious problem in many communities across the UK, and older people often feel the most isolated. Numerous studies have revealed that many people feel disconnected from their neighbours, and aside from the emotional impact of loneliness, the problem can also result in several physical side effects. The situation has become so serious that some elderly people are turning to their GPs for help.

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Reducing loneliness in your community

Many people across the UK, including the elderly, feel disconnected from others living in their neighbourhoods. As the pace of modern life has accelerated in recent years, few people have the time to get to know their neighbours, and as a result, some areas have large populations of people who feel little or no connection to one another. This can be especially challenging for older people, many of whom struggle to adjust to their new lives after retiring. Following a recent study into loneliness, which was conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust, the organisation suggested ways in which concerned members of the public can help lonely people feel more connected to their communities.

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Tackling loneliness across the UK

Most people feel lonely from time to time, but for older people, it is not uncommon to experience feelings of isolation, intense loneliness and even hopelessness. Recently, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust set out to examine the causes of and potential solutions to loneliness in two communities in England.

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Could gardening help you to live longer?

Whether it's simple weeding or lovingly maintaining a home vegetable garden, working with plants and flowers can be highly therapeutic. According to research by Swedish scientists, gardening could also help extend older people's life expectancy.

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Childhood illness linked to neurodegenerative diseases

Recently, researchers at Rutgers University in the United States discovered a possible connection between a rare childhood health condition and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Study looks into effectiveness of flu vaccine

For many people, the flu is an annual annoyance that will keep them out of work for a few days, but for others, the effects can be much more troublesome. This is especially true for the over-65s, who are at a greater risk of complications from the common virus.

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Preparing for flu season

Although some people may believe otherwise, influenza is much more serious than just a bad cold.

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Report reveals extent of osteoporosis across the UK

Although osteoporosis is a common problem amongst elderly people, new data from the National Osteoporosis Society reveals that this condition results in a bone fracture every two minutes.

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