MIL-OSI Translation: Fight loneliness now

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Source: CDU CSU

02/10/2021

Union parliamentary group adopts position paper for a national loneliness strategy

In yesterday’s parliamentary group meeting, the CDU / CSU parliamentary group decided on a position paper on the fight against loneliness. The family policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Marcus Weinberg, and the reporter for loneliness, Katharina Landgraf, explain:

Marcus Weinberg: “The increase in loneliness and its consequences is one of the great challenges of our time characterized by digitization, global change and changes in family and social situations. The contact restrictions to contain the corona pandemic make things even more difficult. Those who had few contacts before the corona pandemic often have no one to talk to anymore. Many older people in particular are insecure and hardly dare to leave the house. The generation to which we owe so much often suffers silently. We cannot accept that. We therefore call on everyone in our country to build bridges of the community in their area of ​​responsibility in the coming weeks. Church parishes and associations, companies and house communities – each and every individual should ask themselves: What can I do? Which neighbor have I not seen in a long time? Which colleague lives alone? We now have to reach those who live alone or have no contact persons. For example, with phone calls or short contacts at the front door – of course with a distance and a medical mask.

For us as the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, loneliness is also an important topic in the long term. We propose a national strategy to actively counter the trends of mobility, urbanization, digitization and the aging of society as a community. “

Katharina Landgraf: “A central goal of this strategy is to support people well into old age to live independently and to participate in society. Loneliness and social isolation should become a focus of our social and political work. We need to intensify research, launch programs and develop new concepts for a counter-strategy. As a Union, we see the far-reaching consequences loneliness can have. We have therefore developed a national strategy that formulates targeted measures to combat and prevent loneliness, accompanies, evaluates and controls their implementation. The strategy includes, among other things, the appointment of a loneliness officer at the federal government as the central contact and coordinator for the implementation of the strategy across departments and levels. We are also creating a national action plan for loneliness for Germany. This should define specific goals and structure measures. Municipalities and the City and Municipal Day are particularly important partners for me and are supported in drawing up and implementing their own action plans. “

The position paper can be found here: https://cducsu.cc/36ZmjiR

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