LONeLINESS could be affecting the mental and physical health of around 6,000 pensioners in Wakefield.
On Wednesday, Wakefield MP Mary Creagh called for it to be treated as a major health care issue that should be taken seriously, and urged people to join the Campaign to End Loneliness.
She said: “If we don’t start to champion loneliness as a health and care issue, elderly people in Wakefield will continue to have their lives cut short.”
The call came a week after the Express reported that Re-connect, a charity that provides a vital minibus service for 25,000 elderly people might have to close after being refused funding from a range of organisations, including The Big Lottery Fund.
Ms Creagh said: “I am urging action and for people to join the campaign and support excellent local services like Re-connect, so that Wakefield can become a stronger community, where people are less at risk of being isolated.”
The Campaign to End Loneliness is a national coalition of organisations and individuals working to tackle loneliness in older age, which can increases the risk of heart disease and put people at greater risk of blood clots.