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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