Why did they create a “Ministry of Solitude” in England?

“Ministry of Solitude” is the name of the new state agency that England decided to create, and it sparked a stir around the world. It was promoted by Prime Minister Theresa May and seeks to address the loneliness of the elderly, those who have lost loved ones or who have no one to share with. “Loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” said May when she was asked why this new Ministry.

Solitude until now was almost always understood as a personal matter. But England decided to take it directly as a matter of state since, according to government data, there are more than 9 million people who feel lonely (13.7% of the population).

In addition, about 2 million people over the age of 75 live alone and about 200,000 only have a monthly conversation with a loved one. And this, according to studies, further reduces life expectancy, becoming a scourge that until now has not been taken into account but which is nevertheless growing more and more in a society, paradoxically, connected by all possible channels. .

The prime minister made this decision by taking up a project on which the assassinated deputy Jo Cox had worked, who had created a Solitude Commission to deal with this issue.

The Ministry’s initiative aims to build a more precise method to be able to measure loneliness and thus, based on this diagnosis, design actions to combat its ills.

Data to take into account

  • According to the WHO, by 2050, the proportion of the planet’s inhabitants over 60 years of age will double (from 11% to 22%).
  • In the world there will be a record of octogenarians and nonagenarians.
  • About 1 in 6 elderly suffers some type of abuse, especially psychological.
  • By 2050, the number of elderly unable to care for themselves will quadruple in developing countries.

What do you think about this? Is it an issue that the State should deal with?

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