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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