While bareness is accomplished by all ages, it’s abnormally arresting in older people. In the UK, 51 percent of all people aged 75 and over live alone and about 6 percent of older adults leave their house once a week or less. An accretion admeasurement of these older adults live in rural areas.

In an age when casework and advice are more accessible online, might technology play a role in acclamation bareness and social isolation?

Our analysis was conducted in South Lakeland – a rural association of Cumbria in Northern England. Residents aged 65 years and older annual for 24.2 percent of the citizenry here, adjoin a civic boilerplate of 17 percent. While there are two towns, the majority of the citizenry live in villages, hamlets and abandoned dwellings.

We ran 26 workshops and conducted 93 interviews over a period of two years with people living in the area who were aged 65 years or older and with staff and volunteers that work for the government and charities. Our study tried to find out what older adults do to advance social interaction, how they plan for it and what role technology could play to help them.

We found that older people accept affair contiguous with people is abnormally allusive compared to blast and online interactions. Take the archetype of Jack, who is 80 years old and who lives in a rural village.