700,000 older people 'are lonely'

Over 700,000 people aged 65 or over in the UK say they are always or often lonely, Age UK have said. 3.5 million are not getting any help, support or companionship from neighbours.

Pensioners facing a winter of misery

This winter as many as 25,000 older people could die needlessly because of the cold. Age UK have found that is about 200 preventable deaths a day.

As many as 25,000 older people could die because of the cold Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

During the winter, isolation can intensify having an adverse effect on physical and mental well-being and some studies prove that feelings of loneliness can this can be equivalent to well-established risk factors such as obesity and smoking.

The colder weather brings with it a massive increase in associated health problems for older people including heart attacks and strokes, respiratory problems, pneumonia and depression.

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Over 700,000 older people 'are lonely'

Over 700,000 of people aged 65 or over in the UK say they are always or often lonely, Age UK have said.

Over 700,000 older people are suffering from loneliness, the charity have said Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There are now more people in the UK aged 60 and above than there are under 18.

17% of older people have less than weekly contact with family, friends or neighbours.

36% of people aged 65 and over in the UK feel out of touch with the pace of modern life and 9% say they feel cut off from society/

About 3.8 million older people live alone. 1.5 million are women.

3.5m elderly people 'are not getting any enough support'

3.5 million people aged 65+ in the UK are not getting any help, support or companionship from neighbours, according to new research from Age UK.

3.5m elderly people need support, the charity have said Credit: ITV News

Over 700,000 admit they don't know their neighbours and claim the top reason is they don't want to be a burden or feel their neighbours are too busy.

Older people are more vulnerable to serious health problems during colder weather particularly heart attacks and strokes, respiratory problems, pneumonia and depression.