More than one million older people in the UK are chronically lonely

Published Jul 14th 2014

While much progress has been made in addressing loneliness, and its subsequent risks of poor health and reduced quality of life, the size of the problem means even more must be done.  Age UK’s research found that over a third of respondents would like to go out more than they do.  Age UK’s head of charity, Caroline Abrahams, said “Voluntary sector services like Age UK’s have never been more important because funding cuts are forcing many of the local services that help older people stay connected, such as lunch clubs, to scale down or close.” Organisations and campaigns, such as the Campaign to End Loneliness, are constantly striving to reduce the numbers of people who regularly feel lonely, so there are is a variety of ways you can get involved and help make a difference.

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