Sweden’s elderly “isolated and insecure”

Many elderly people in Sweden feel lonely, isolated and insecure in their own homes. But at the same time, it is increasingly difficult get a place in local council-run retirement homes, according to research by the Swedish Association for Senior Citizens (SPF).

A great number of pensioners are also extremely disatisfied with the food which is provided on home service schemes, said the researchers, presenting their study on Tuesday.

“I think part of this makes frightening reading,” said Ann Lindgren, chairman of SPF, to Svenska Dagbladet.

“Many feel unsafe and are very worried because they have nowhere to go,” she added.