Camden – Urban Isolation

Offiong lives alone in sheltered housing. She came to Britain from Nigeria with her husband in 1956, trained as a radiotherapist and raised a family. Now living with the effects of glaucoma, her mobility is poor and she struggles to get around. Her flat is very comfortable and manageable but going out is a daunting experience. Bustling Kilburn High Road presents many obstacles: uneven pavements, short-timed road crossings, lack of public seating and footpaths obstructed by unnecessary street furniture, shop wares and the heavy pound of the crowd. All too much for Offiong who we filmed shopping, to tell her […]

Older People – Alone in the City?

Research shows that loneliness and social isolation kill a comparable number of older people to smoking or heart disease. This article explores some of the causes in an urban environment and some of the challenges and solutions. It is not meant to be an exhaustive review of research or good practice but to help with the debate in an era of public sector cuts. In all areas, urban or rural, Council and some community services are reduced, further away and increasingly online. Digital exclusion adds to isolation, and families are dispersed as older people’s children and grandchildren seek work, love […]