Third of elderly 'feel lonely'

Over a third (34%) of people aged 65 or over in Great Britain feel lonely, according to new research out today from Age UK and pioneering online young peoples charity YouthNet.

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Report: Loneliness and the internet

  • Older people aren't necessarily lonely for geographical reasons, the charity have said.
  • On average we're all just 126 steps or 65 metres - from someone aged 65 or over who is feeling lonely, the report added.
  • Similarly, young people are facing huge challenges which can lead to isolation in today's tough climate such as high unemployment and negative perceptions of youth.
  • The Internet is a vital tool in tackling isolation and loneliness, the charity found.
  • Over a quarter (28%) of people aged 65 or over who admitted to feeling lonely said that keeping in contact with family and friends via the web helped relieve feelings of isolation.
  • 70% of young people aged 16-25 said they use the Internet every day to contact friends and family.

Charities want computer courses for over 65s

Two charities have joined forces to tackle loneliness and isolation across generations.

Computer courses will encourage two generations to work together Credit: Adam Peck/PA Wire

Age UK and YouthNet are calling on runners to take part in next year's London Marathon to raise money for computer classes for the elderly.

700 young volunteers will be given the opportunity to develop their confidence and learn new skills by sharing their digital experience with 10,000 older people in their local communities.

For more information visit www.runforit.org.uk or call 0800 169 87 87 or email info@runforit.org.uk.

Report: 26% of Scots aged 75 feel lonely

A charity in Scotland has called for action to address the "extreme loneliness" suffered by thousands of elderly people.

26% of Scots aged 75 feel lonely, a report has found Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A survey for the WRVS found 26% of Scots aged 75 who lived alone described themselves as being lonely.

A total of 5% of older people living on their own said they could go for days at a time without speaking to another person.

Report: Over 1m older people are lonely

  • Half of all people aged 75 and over a third aged 65 (Age UK) or over say they are always or often feel lonely.
  • 1.7 million people aged 65 (Age UK) or over have less than weekly contact with family, friends and neighbours.

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Elderly people living 'lonely lives'

Over a third (34%) of people aged 65 or over in Great Britain feel lonely, according to new research out today from Age UK and pioneering online young peoples charity YouthNet.

One third of elderly people are lonely, new research has found Credit: PA Wire

The research also shows that older people aren't necessarily lonely for geographical reasons.