Over half of Belgium's elderly feel lonely

Over half of Belgium's elderly feel lonely
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The King Baudouin Foundation has surveyed Belgium's elderly citizens regarding their well-being, and has noted growing loneliness among those aged over 60.

Questions ranged from how people viewed growing old, with the foundation stating that it was worried about the growing levels of loneliness.

The survey found that 59% of their respondents did not fear old age, yet the survey found that more elderly people have had a growing negative outlook in the past five years, one of which is an increasing sense of loneliness.

One in five respondents indicated that they have no one to share their worries with and a further 52% fear that they have few people to turn to in case of a health issue.

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Around 30% of those over the age of 60 are struggling to make ends meet, with only 36% of them considering that they are financially prepared for a longer life.

Moreover, staying at their own home is of particular importance to respondents, even if their houses are not adapted to their needs.

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