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#ManOnTheMoon & Age UK: No One Should have No One // Blogmas 2015




This year’s #ManOnTheMoon advert by John Lewis tugged at the heart strings. Every year I cry at the advert (yeah I’m that soppy) but this year’s subject really hit home on a topic I feel a strong attachment to. No one should have no one, especially the elderly.


If you’ve been living under a rock, the premise of the John Lewis advert is that a little girl spots an elderly man who is living on the moon completely alone. Being on his own, he is pretty sad, as you’d imagine if you were living the last of your days on the moon. Wanting to reach out and contact him, she tries to find a telescope that will let her see him better and find a way to deliver a message to him. Eventually, the man receives a gift, from the girl, containing a telescope meaning that they can see each other and wave and become friends. Cue floods of tears.

There are people who feel alone and they don’t live on the moon, they live in your neighbourhood or even your street. Maybe next door to you. Becoming old often means losing freedom and having to become dependent on friends and family, especially if someone has an age related condition such as dementia or arthritis. Elderly partners can be left widowers. All this means that, inevitably, people will be alone on Christmas.

Unfortunately, I know one of these elderly people. That’s my Grandad. It is easy to see why life is difficult for him. My Gran died a few years ago meaning he has lived alone for a while. Also, being 92, he has bad memory and often gets confused. We do our best to keep him company; He comes round every Sunday for a roast dinner and my Mom and I take him out for coffee or cake or round the park. My Mom visits him daily, and he has recently started having carers come in the morning to help him out which is a nice change for him. Unfortunately we can’t be at his side all the time and he doesn’t want to move out of the house he has called home for so many decades, so it’s inevitable he will be alone at times. You might be surprised how many elderly people go through this every day in complete silence as they don’t want to bother their family or friends. 

Age UK say that "1 million lonely older people go a month without talking to anyone - and it's felt even more keenly at Christmas". Loneliness is not somethng that should just be accepted as you get older. No one should feel miserable and alone, and it has huge negative impacts on people's mental health and well being. Age UK are currently running a petition to get the Government to help tackle the problem of older people's lonelines - you can sign it here.

You can help as an individual too. Now I have my car, I have told myself that I must pop around my Grandad’s more often just for a cup of tea and a chat. Such a small act makes a huge difference! It’s so easy to spare a couple of hours for an older person, whether they are friend, family or just someone who is sat next to you at the bus stop. There is no need for any older person to feel lonely. Give someone friendship and a bit of your this Christmas – it is much more valuable to someone than any gift you could buy in a shop.


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