More People In MK Are Lonely Than Elsewhere

5 February 2018, 09:29

MK loneliness

A new health strategy has revealed there is a greater social isolation in the city, and that could get worse as it's population of over-85s is predicted to rocket by 86% by 2030.

Milton Keynes is a more lonely place to be than other parts of the country.

A new health strategy has revealed there is a greater social isolation in the city, and that could get worse as it's population of over-85s is predicted to rocket by 86% by 2030.

Harriet Opalinski from Age UK Milton Keynes told Heart why loneliness might be such a problem for MK:

"It could be that family have moved away.

"We're quite a new city as well, so families may have come here. We're very close to London so younger relatives may have gone further afield."

"We are bridging the gap between people, making sure that they are happy and independent in their own homes.

"And with funding being taken away, that gap is growing."

The 10 year health strategy for the city says social isolation is a factor in over 60% of preventable illness.

Nearly a third of pensioners currently live alone.