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'Epidemic' of loneliness for elderly people

There are concerns that elderly people in the Anglia region are facing a crisis of loneliness.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has spoken of the UK having an "epidemic" of loneliness. Credit: ITV News

According to the charity Age UK, almost one million people over 75 do not know their nearest neighbours.

The same number haven't spoken to anyone for a month and almost half say that the TV is their main source of company.

In July even the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke of the UK having an "epidemic" of loneliness.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray from Swaffham in Norfolk

There is a two-day event called Norfolk Celebrates Age on Wednesday 21 October and Thursday 22 October at The Forum in Norwich where people will be on hand with advice and support.