One of my clients is a former WW2 soldier, now 90 years old. He talks about the Normandy landings in France during the Second World War and can still hear the explosions and feel the fear of that day, 70 years ago. However, the battle that he faces now is not post-traumatic stress but loneliness.
Loneliness is not the same as being alone. Most of us will choose to be alone, at times. But loneliness is being alone not by choice but by circumstance and that feeling of isolation can be devastating.
Older people, who may have suffered a bereavement are more vulnerable to feeling isolated, particularly for the first months or even years after the event – and their loss can have an adverse effect on both mental and physical health. Continue reading