- It is estimated that over a million older people are lonely (Age UK) and it’s predicted that figure could easily double as the population ages and welfare cuts start to bite.
- There are now ten million of us over the age of 65, and by the time we reach 75 more than half of us will be living alone.
- 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.
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.
The research also shows that older people aren't necessarily lonely for geographical reasons.