Campaign to ease winter loneliness

A recent poll by Age UK shows many older people face a winter of loneliness and isolation.

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A third of older people are lonely

More than a third of older people suffer from loneliness, living next to neighbours they barely know. And the figures from Age UK are likely to get worse as we head into winter and it gets harder for people to get out of their homes.

Pam Royle and Ian Payne spoke to Anne Marshall from AGE UK

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Thousands of older people in the North East feel lonely

A new study has found that more than a third of older people are affected by loneliness, and barely know their neighbours.

Age UK found that 34 per cent of people aged over 65 in the UK admitted feeling lonely some, most or even all of the time.

Representatives from Age UK will meet in Gateshead today, to discuss how they can help older people in the North East who are facing greater loneliness, as the winter sets in.

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