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More than a third of older people are suffering from loneliness, living with neighbours they barely know only feet away, two leading charities have said.
It is estimated that over three million older people are lonely in the UK and it’s predicted that figure could easily double as the population ages and welfare cuts start to bite.
Older people aren't necessarily lonely for geographical reasons, two leading charities 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.
- A third of over-75s who live alone typically spend 12 hours a day by themselves.
- Overall, one in ten in that age group say that they feel intensely lonely all the time.
- Some 246,000 will spend Christmas Day alone.
- Two in five marriages fail has serious repercussions for the elderly.
- Family breakdown has led to more and more young people becoming estranged from their ageing relatives.
- So-called ‘silver separations’ are also becoming more common.
- More than 11,500 over-60s were granted a divorce in 2009.
- Pensioners are the only group for whom the divorce rate is still rising.
Almost a quarter of a million older people will spend Christmas Day alone this year as Britain struggles to cope with the consequences of an ageing population, according to new research.
Bereavement, poor health, loss of confidence and family members living away from one another all contribute to the problem of isolation among older people, reports the Times.