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Third of elderly 'feel lonely'

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.

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Report: Loneliness and the internet

  • Older people aren't necessarily lonely for geographical reasons, the charity have said.
  • On average we're all just 126 steps or 65 metres - from someone aged 65 or over who is feeling lonely, the report added.
  • Similarly, young people are facing huge challenges which can lead to isolation in today's tough climate such as high unemployment and negative perceptions of youth.
  • The Internet is a vital tool in tackling isolation and loneliness, the charity found.
  • Over a quarter (28%) of people aged 65 or over who admitted to feeling lonely said that keeping in contact with family and friends via the web helped relieve feelings of isolation.
  • 70% of young people aged 16-25 said they use the Internet every day to contact friends and family.

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