The Snug17th October 2014
Golf Well Placed to Tackle The Issue Of Age Related Loneliness
Loneliness affects many elderly people, but golf provides the opportunity for companionship, exercise and well-being
THE PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS’ ASSOCIATION
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones believes golf can help tackle the issue of loneliness which is blighting the lives of many elderly people in the UK.
And with the issue hitting national headlines in recent days Jones has suggested golf clubs should even receive a grant to save government spending on trying to solve the problem.
BBC 5Live devoted its morning talk show ‘Your Call’ to the subject on Tuesday which was on the back of an interview with 93-year-old Bob Lowe from Hampshire who lost his wife three years ago which sparked a widespread reaction from listeners.
An increasing number of men are facing loneliness and isolation in their old age with the charity Independent Age and the International Longevity Centre reporting that the number of older men living on their own is expected to increase by 65 per cent in the next 16 years.
“Loneliness is a big problem for many people in Britain today,” said Jones. “It affects so many people. It’s a big issue when a lost husband or wife is left alone in the home with no social contacts. I can relate when so many golf club members have lost a partner and the golf club becomes their social hub. And I was thinking that may be there should be a government grant for this. We could save them from spending money on solving loneliness and golf clubs should get grants because we actually do that."
“I’m not sure that there are many other sports where you can participate so actively beyond the age of 55 and 65 – certainly not football and rugby - and the social aspect of being part of a golf club also helps ward off loneliness.”
Golf has made great strides to make the sport more accessible to all members of society, irrespective of age and ability with various initiatives through the England Golf Partnership comprising The PGA, England Golf, Golf Foundation and Sport England.
Through the EGP’s Get into golf campaign and county golf partnerships, many clubs run a range of taster and beginner sessions, often at little or no cost, providing an ideal platform for anyone interested in taking up the sport or just going along to meet other people and to give it a golf.
To find a golf taster session near you log on to the Get into golf website (http://www.getintogolf.org/mapsearchstart.aspx) or why not speak to your local PGA pro at your nearest club (http://www.pga.info/pga-professional/improve-your-game/find-a-pga-professional.aspx)
Image of golfers at Thorpeness Golf Club attached courtesy of Stephen Pond...../Getty Images.
About The PGA
The PGA was formed in 1901 and is the world’s oldest professional golfers’ association. Based at Centenary House at The Belfry, the PGA has 7,500 members including 1,600 working overseas in 70 different countries. The PGA is one of golf’s leading bodies and committed to growing and developing the game nationally and internationally through its academies and the expertise of its professionals. The PGA, in conjunction with Samuel Ryder and The PGA of America, established the Ryder Cup Match and is the trustee of the Ryder Cup trophy.
Article by Sarah Lawrence
posted in Deaf Lifestyle / The Snug
17th October 2014