An article by The Independent reports on Halo-Care which is attempting to tackle isolation among the elderly and help them to live independent lives at home through innovative technologies.
The co-founder of the company, Dr Johnny Walker, is cited in the article saying that “this is a problem (isolation) that has got worse for many people during the pandemic. I think it is going to save lives and enhance lives.”
Our research findings, cited in the article, agrees with this sentiment showing that 55% of people aged over 65 have felt isolated during the pandemic. It also shows that 45% admitted they “sometimes” or “often” feel down due to the reduced social engagement as a result.
Our research also discovered that isolation has increased among elderly groups during the pandemic, despite three-quarters of respondents saying they are comfortable using technology such as smartphones and tablets.
According to Mr. Walker, “the research results validate our findings and highlight the gap between those who are comfortable using technology but have not recognised its capability to alleviate loneliness and isolation, and its sense of security.”