More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
Contrary to what many people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing. It not only makes life miserable, but also it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. Unless we act, our rapidly ageing population means we’ll see ever greater numbers of lonely older people and, because loneliness undermines resilience, this means more pressure on our already stretched NHS and social care services.
For further information, please visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/loneliness/