These strange times have made us experts in loss and loneliness | Yvonne Roberts
A pioneering project aims to reject fatalism in favour of solutions for those feeling the effects of isolation
‘Loneliness, loss and regret,” said a headline last week, “what getting old really feels like.” Psychologist Sam Carr and a team at the University of Bath have conducted 80 interviews for The Loneliness Project. Many feature men and women whose lifetime partner has died, as part of “a large-scale, in-depth exploration of how older people experience loneliness and what it means for them”. On the whole, it seems, when you mine the final decades, it’s grim.
We know from myriads of research that loneliness and loss, accompanied by decreasing physical abilities, undercuts happiness, triggers depression, exacerbates heart attacks and paralyses social skills – to mention only a few of the impacts on the human body and soul.