Elderly people living in rural areas facing social isolation, study shows

September 13th, 2012 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences

Services for older people in rural areas need to be 'rural-proofed' to help prevent more older people becoming isolated, a new report finds.

The Commission for (CRC), whose commissioner Professor Mark Shucksmith is director of the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, has published a major report into experienced by in England's rural areas.

At a time when spending reductions are leading to changes in the way that public services such as care, housing and transport are provided in rural areas, the report considers the impact of those changes on the lives of older people. The report concludes that:

Dr Liz Brooks, a research associate in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, at Newcastle University, carried out a lot of the background research for the report.

Professor Shucksmith said: "Older people who live in are often among the first to suffer when cuts are made to key services. This report highlights just how vulnerable they can be face if  transport or provision for care for the elderly are affected."

Provided by Newcastle University

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