Start saving for your retirement now or face loneliness and isolation
We all want that cushy retirement, living a life of luxury and going on holidays after sending our final ‘out of office’. Unfortunately, this is looking less and less likely, as the amount of money you need to save on top of the state pension in order to live your current lifestyle is now more than £260,000, insurers Royal London has found.
Ok, so you might have to skip going for a meal with your family, or the golf club membership, but these social activities can have much more of an impact than just on your wallet. Loneliness and social isolation is associated with depression, sleep problems, hypertension and stress. Age UK reported that 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone so social activities are crucial for a healthy and happy retirement.
This is all pretty frightening stuff, so what can you do about it?
- Support older people in your community who can’t afford to socialise
- Start planning for your retirement now! Here’s some tips from moneysavingexpert
This is why is it so important to us at Won Connect CIC that our Online Social Network and IT classes are free for users. As well as helping older people feel confident and safe using the internet and technology, our IT classes provide a great way for them to get out of the house and meet peers in community centres across Glasgow. Once they’re comfortable with tech, our Online Social Network will help them connect with even more peers in their local community.
We’re a social enterprise so we can’t run these services without funding. Give back to your community by signing up to our cleaning service or digital consultancy, or purchasing something through our online store. All profits allow us to keep our IT classes and Online Social Network free, so those who don’t have the savings for a luxury retirement can still socialise and make new friends.