On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 the Prime Minister of the U.K., Theresa May appointed a “Minister for Loneliness”. This was prompted by the 2017 report published by Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The report indicates that more than nine million people, about 14% of the population in the country (U.K.) often or always feel lonely and isolated. Please see the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/world/europe/uk-britain-loneliness.html for the article in regard to the appointing of the Minister for Loneliness in the U.K.
The epidemic of loneliness among seniors is finally being recognized in the U.K. and our mission at Hotel Oakland Village is to increase government participation in reducing isolation and loneliness among seniors and others in the U.S.