Student Blog – Gawain’s Post

Of Mice and Men: Loneliness

Of Mice and Men tells the tale of two lonesome travelers looking to hold a job in the Great Depression. The 30’s were hard days. The hardest thing of all was to trust one and a other, too many greedy people who will scam you because they could not get a job. Therefore people would have a lot harder time trusting each other. Resulting in traveling alone and ends up a never ending desire for a companion to trust. No man would make the mistake to befriend an other, these were dog eat dog days. Bottom line, men were lonely.

Loneliness in today’s society can be found easier than hearing a girl obsessing over Justin Bieber or One Direction. Studies found that people who are over the age of 65 have been more lonely then the younger generation due to the fact they’ve lived through the depression and the “rebuild” of it.

“Other research carried out over the last few decades has consistently shown that 10% of older people feel always or very lonely. Recent estimates place the number of people aged over 65 who are often or always lonely at over 1 million.

The percentage of the population who feel isolated and are therefore, at risk of loneliness is significantly larger:

12% of older people feel trapped in their own home

6% of older people leave their house once a week or less

Nearly 200,000 older people in the UK don’t get help to get out of their house or flat

17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month

Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone

36% of people aged 65 and over in the UK feel out of touch with the pace of modern life and 9% say they feel cut off from society

Half of all older people (about 5 million) say the television is their main company”

Studies found in the UK:

http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk/information-on-loneliness/loneliness-research/

-Gawain

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3 responses to “Student Blog – Gawain’s Post

  1. Paulette I. Vermette

    I agree with the above comments and research. Loneliness is real for elderly people. In winter, when the roads are icy, seniors have difficulty to get out and just walk or drive far to meet others. Our Club des Pionniers offers activities for seniors to help them stay socially connected and to ward off loneliness.
    Skype allows us to communicate with our dear ones.
    Thank you forgiving us the opportunity to stay mentally active by allowing us to participate with your school work/project. We feel valued and appreciate passing on our wisdom.

  2. Good job on the research, Gawain! What do you do when loneliness creeps in?

  3. It’s like being in a crowd of people and feeling alone. Not fun…

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