In France, 2 million elderly people suffer from isolation in 2021

The association Les Petits Frères des Pauvres yesterday published its barometer "Loneliness and isolation when you are over 60 in France in 2021" which reveals alarming new figures on the isolation of the elderly. 

On October 1, 2021, International Day of the Elderly, the charity association Les Petits Frères des Pauvres wishes to make the French aware of the distress of their elders.

After a first study on the loneliness and isolation of over 60s in France, published in 2017, the association published yesterday, four years later, a second study. It shows an alarming worsening of the situation of the elderly, a consequence, among other things, of the health crisis. 

"Because if the Covid-19 has filled the resuscitation services, it has also isolated an unprecedented number of elderly people" underlines the report which indicates, however, that if the health crisis "largely explains these tragic increases, it would be risky to imagine that it is the only cause and that this figure will drop naturally when the health situation returns to normal ”.

From now on, 530 people aged 000 and over are in a situation of social death in France. In addition, the number of elderly people isolated from family and friendly circles has more than doubled in four years, from 60 in 900 to 000 million in 2017. The barometer reveals that 2% of those over 2021 have hardly seen friends of the year and that more than 40% had only rare contact with a member of their family.

This study also tells us that 3,6 million people over 60 are still excluded from digital. She specifies, however, that "the digital divide is being reduced and that the Internet has been a valuable tool in helping to maintain social ties".

At the conclusion of their report, the Little Brothers of the Poor warn about "the urgent need to make the fight against the isolation of the elderly" a priority for the future.

To shed more light on this social problem, the organization yesterday unveiled a moving and tender clip entitled "a single gesture will change the course of one's life".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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