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.
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TV favourite Cilla Black, who has died aged 72, gave viewers a "lorra, lorra laughs" during her long career.
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Blind Date and Surprise Surprise star Cilla Black,72, has died, according to reports.