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  • Tackling Loneliness In Dementia

    Each year, 6,000 more people with dementia will face living alone in towns and cities across the UK, according to Alzheimer’s Society. The dementia charity says there are currently roughly 120,000 people living alone with dementia in the UK – a number predicted to double by 2039. But public awareness of people with dementia living alone seems low. A new YouGov poll revealed that 85% of people believe they’re most likely to meet someone with dementia in a care home, when in fact two-thi

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    Let Us Answer the Question 'Are You Alone, or Lonely?' Beware the Monster of Loneliness

    Nine years after I first received it, I do not only keep the following SMS as a souvenir. I use it as a reminder of one of the lowest points in my life, and my subsequent determination to overcome it. “I think loneliness creates a void; a void that comes from deep down your soul. It changes you; it steals away your happiness. It brings a constant sadness that’s only seen when you smile because the smile does not reach your eyes. Only when you fill the void, can you fully enjoy living; I fee

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    Food Redistribution Charity Tackles Loneliness In London

    The Deptford based food redistribution charity FareShare has joined forces with The British Red Cross and the Co-op to tackle loneliness in London.  The initiative aims to provide 400 new community groups that could benefit from fresh, in-date surplus food - bringing people together at the same time.  Rachel Ledwith from Fareshare and Michael Ochwa is from The British red cross, they spoke to Anthony Baxter.  Click below to watch the video: Food redistributio

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    'I Suppose I'm Lonely,' She Said. 'Lonely and I Never Thought I Would Be'

    I suppose I’m lonely,” she said. “Yes, that’s the word. I’m lonely and I never thought I would be. I never thought I’d feel so alone.” We were sitting at an outside table in a cafe in the park. The sun had made an appearance after a monsoon week and we had arranged to meet, a friend and I, for a long-planned walk. “I didn’t know you were feeling lonely,” I said. “Nobody knows. You can’t tell by looking at me. I’m not talking to the trees. I haven’t started pushing my life around t

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    The 'Loneliness' of Social Media

    Loneliness could be the world's next biggest public health crisis - and attending live theatre performances may be a way to avoid it. Dr Laura Haughey, a senior lecturer and convenor of Theatre Studies at the University of Waikato, says a good portion of people's lives are now lived through a screen, social media posts have replaced face-to-face conversations, online 'friends' have superseded traditional friendships and email eliminates the need to physically speak to one another. Clic

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    Farmers Seven Times More Likely To Suffer From Heart Disease

    Farmers are seven times more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and three times more likely to get cancer than any other occupational group. Farmer diets were found to have a high intake of meats and salt and are low in dairy and vegetables. Meanwhile, factors like stress, social exclusion, loneliness and isolation have emerged as key contributors in studies on farmers carried out countrywide, new research from IT Carlow shows. Diana Van Doorn, of the Department of Science and

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  • Our picks

    • Mission Aims and Goals
      Lonely People, what we are about?

      Loneliness is a rampant disease, it favours no one and it leaves no one out of its grasp.  If you have never heard this before then you must be living in some remote area on our planet.  Loneliness has become recognised as the most serious issue facing mankind since the bubonic plague.  There are no vaccines for Loneliness and there is no immediate cure; it is worldwide and if affects everyone regardless of race, religion, beliefs, way of life, culture, age or sexual orientation; every single human being on this planet can feel the effects of this heinous issue and all that it can bring to bear.
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    • Peripheral Neuropathy - part 1
      Peripheral neuropathy develops when nerves in the body's extremities – such as the hands, feet and arms – are damaged. The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected. In the UK, it's estimated that almost 1 in 10 people aged 55 or over are affected by some degree of peripheral neuropathy.

      As a suffer from this myself I can say that it is not much fun in any way shape or form.  At best I can manage a trip to the supermarket and if I take my time (generally about 1-2 hours depending on what I need) at worst I have no desire to leave the house as walking is so painful, it often feels like walking barefoot on glass.  

      Diseases such as this can have a dramatic effect on people and can lead to isolation because of the inability to get out and about.  You can read more about this disease by clicking the link below.  The important thing to understand is that you must never give in, fight it all the way and try as much as possible to keep yourself from becoming isolated.

      Peripheral neuropathy - NHS

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      Read about peripheral neuropathy, a term for a group of conditions in which the peripheral nervous system is damaged.





       
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    • This Is what it feels like to live with chronic pain
      Nearly half of the UK population - around 28 million adults - lives with some form of chronic pain. With chronic pain described as 'a major cause of disability and distress', what exactly is causing so many people to live in constant pain, and how does it impact on their everyday lives?

      The textbook definition of chronic pain, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is any pain that's been present in any part of the body for a period of three months or longer.

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      This is what living with chronic pain is really like

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      It's very draining to have chronic pain. Two people share their experiences and tips for living with the condition.





       
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    • So Many Things To Become Addicted To
      It's a real eye-opener when you discover that addictions are not necessarily always drug related.  It's the obvious first thought in most people's minds when the word 'addiction' is mentioned, yet there are many more non-drug addictions that people tend to gloss over or don't believe that they are actual things that people can become addicted to.

      Please read the article below about a few of the other things that people can become addicted to and have a real problem dealing with them.

      When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn’t limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that has the potential to relieve stress or discomfort.

      People are naturally drawn to activities that produce feelings of happiness or euphoria—especially if the gratification is immediate. Shortly after the “high” wears off, feelings of remorse and guilt come flooding in. In an attempt to escape the comedown, people grow dependent on the behaviors or substances that offer relief. Before you know it, you’re locked in the vicious cycle of addiction.

      From food to video games, millions have developed dependencies outside of drugs and alcohol. Here’s a look at seven of those unique addictions and the dangers they pose.

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      Are These 7 Things Really as Addictive as Drugs? - DrugAbuse.com

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      People can become addicted to anything that has the potential to relieve stress or discomfort. Learn more about what things we can be addicted to.





      Once you have read the full article please come back to this discussion and express your thoughts and feelings on what you have just read and examine your own life habits and discern whether you are suffering from some kind of addiction but never gave any thought to it.

       
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    • How to cope with loneliness
      Mental health issues are wide and varied, they can be mild or severe or somewhere in between.  Regardless of the issue or severity, almost all mental health issues can lead to a life of solitude and loneliness.  This need not be the case as there is a lot of help out there and part of the remit of this site is to guide you towards that help as well as providing a platform for you to sound off on.  Read the article below and discover the help that is available and then please comment below or start your own topic to vent your feelings, frustrations, opinions and solutions that you may have discovered.  We're here to help:

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      Loneliness | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

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      Explains loneliness, given practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.





       
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    • Isolation and domestic violence
      Domestic violence can lead to a life of solitude and loneliness - the snippet below is from the full article in the shown; it describes more effectively about domestic violence than I could hope to - please do read it and post your ..
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  • Welcome Wagon

    Tis the job of the low official to give thanks and share in all that is joyous! --- I'd like to welcome you all who have come, new to the site! @Anton Deck, @Berries Lonely People welcomes you! Tell us a little about yourself and feel free to ask for any help as you peruse through the community in search of the lost Aztec gold and all the fame that goes with the fortune! 

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    Mum Spends Thousands On Organising a Christmas Dinner for Lonely People

    This is an incredible story of selflessness, of one woman and a handful of volunteers who went above and beyond to give a little happiness to those who were on their own or homeless.  What a wonderful world this would be if everyone shared the compassion and generosity of this lady and her helpers. "A selfless mum has put thousands of pounds of her own money into organising a Christmas dinner for lonely people. Mo Fayose held a Christmas dinner in Nottingham for more than 100 people with no

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    Awards

    We've added a new feature to the site - awards.  These are trophies and medals awarded for user activity on the site.  The more posts you make the more awards you receive.  The more positive reactions you receive from other members the more trophies you will acquire. These are designed to reward members with some kind of recognition for their input to the site and how they become valued by other members. Sign up now, start posting and get your rewards for achievements; the more you put in t

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    Loneliness and Domestic Violence

    Many people have experienced physical violence and abuse during their relationship usually, along with other forms of abuse, such as emotional psychological abuse, controlling behaviour, sexual or financial abuse. Physical violence may include hitting, slapping, kicking, pinching, pushing, burning, strangling, punching or being beaten up.  Loneliness is rarely attributed to this heinous assault on your physical and mental wellbeing. Being a victim of any assault can leave you feeling very v

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    Drink, Drugs and Loneliness

    The root of loneliness is feeling a lack of connection to those around us. It is the strong feeling that you are separate or different from others that many people in addiction recovery experience. Loneliness is a multifaceted experience, and if we look closely, buried under feelings of loneliness is often a sense of worthlessness. We struggle to connect because deep down we do not believe we deserve to. To truly overcome loneliness, we must look within ourselves as well as to outside companions

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    Loneliness From Being Bullied

    Bullying is discrimination, yet bullying does not discriminate.  Anyone can be affected by bullies; this can be at school, in the workplace or even with neighbours. It can be an intense experience that makes you feel like an outsider, or that you are not normal in some way.  It is invasive, unpleasant, demoralising and can leave you feeling isolated; but you do not have to tolerate or put up with it.  Never feel that you must cope with this alone.  Help is always at hand and one of the first pla

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  • Can You Really Die From Lack of Sleep?

    If you've ever gone without sleep for an extended period, you will know it isn't exactly a good idea. Even one night of broken sleep can cause problems the next day - and there can be few things worse than not getting enough shut-eye for weeks on end. But while lack of sleep is undoubtedly bad for you, the jury's out as to how bad. We know it can cause a litany of health problems, both on a short and long-term basis. What is harder to determine is - can it kill you? Click below to read

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    What Causes Itchy Skin?

    Who hasn't experienced the blessed relief of scratching an itch? Everyone itches now and again, usually due to insect bites, eczema, allergy, or irritation from something they've touched. But occasionally itching can be a sign of more serious illness - so how can you tell the difference? Common causes of itching Itching is a symptom, not a medical condition. It's usually caused by a stimulus in your skin. For instance, with insect bites you're reacting to the saliva injected at the sit

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    How To Live With Severe Eye Floaters

    Eye floaters are usually thought of as a nuisance rather than a chronic condition. But for some people, they can significantly affect the quality of life. So how do you learn to live with them - and what are the treatment options? Last summer, David, 24, was cycling through his hometown when what looked like a giant, magnified tapeworm appeared in his central vision, against the blue sky. It was accompanied by strange shadows, which looked to him like fast-moving mosquitoes, dark smudges an

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    Can Exercise Really Help With Depression?

    If you're dealing with depression or anxiety, you're probably aware of the recommendation to be more active. With our minds and bodies powerfully connected, physical activity can have an immediate impact on a person's overall sense of well-being. This is due in part to changes that take place in the brain during exercise. The so-called 'runner's high' is caused by a potent cocktail of hormones - possibly including a neurotransmitter called anandamide, from the Sanskrit word for 'bliss'. On

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    What Not To Say To Someone Who Is Dying

    If a friend or family member is given a terminal diagnosis, it's natural to want to support them. But many of us are scared of saying the wrong thing. We look at potential pitfalls. Don't ask 'How are you?' For most of us, asking someone how they're feeling is a natural conversation opener, and we probably don't even think about the significance of the words. But asking this question when someone is seriously ill can cause undue stress. Click below to read more:

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    Should You Worry About Painkiller Addiction?

    Nobody wants to live in pain, and fortunately these days we have effective treatments for most of the many different types of pain. But many of them carry a risk of serious addiction if you take them for too long. How do you know if you’re addicted, and what can you do? We all have a picture in our minds of heroin addicts, usually sad homeless people who live only for their next 'fix'. But most people don't realise that painkillers we can buy from our chemists can cause addiction too.

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