New research from Royal Voluntary Service shows that loneliness experienced by older people is compounded by lack of contact with their family, with 13% saying they always feel lonely on a Sunday because it’s such a family day.
One million people over 65 say that Sunday is the loneliest day of the week. Previous research found that, for 10% of older people, their nearest child lives more than an hour’s drive away (40 miles plus), making that daily or weekly contact even more difficult.
The survey also revealed that 33% of older people miss sitting down to a meal with their family and 37% don’t enjoy eating a meal without being able to share it with someone.
The research, conducted by ICM on behalf of Royal Voluntary Service, is released as they launch the Big Sunday Lunch, a campaign sponsored by Yakult running from 7-9 February encouraging members of the British public to host a meal and invite along older friends, family or neighbours to raise money to help older people in their community.
Big Sunday Lunch is supported by culinary legend Albert Roux and his son, MasterChef presenter and 2 Michelin star Chef Michel Roux Jnr, who has suggested a favourite recipe for those holding an event.