In the last couple of years it has been brought to attention that many elders live in loneliness. From loneliness arise other problems. This is problems as depression, high suicide rate and illness. But this isn’t the only field that loneliness appear in. Research shows that loneliness and anxiety amongst the youth can be tracked back to the lack of care in daycares and kindergartens. So the lack of hands in the younger years have a big impact on the children’s future development.
Today there are 1.1. mio people in Denmark in the age group 65 +. Future prognosis suggest that the demographic for elders and children will rise further in the future making the problem even larger. These problems will create extra challenges for the Danish welfare state. People who are lonely are shown to be more expensive for the state. The state battles the continuously battle to finance and assure, that people, who can no longer participate in the society, still will receive good care. The consequences for not solving these problems will be be costly for the society and people.