- It is estimated that over a million older people are lonely (Age UK) and it’s predicted that figure could easily double as the population ages and welfare cuts start to bite.
- There are now ten million of us over the age of 65, and by the time we reach 75 more than half of us will be living alone.
- Half of all people aged 75 and over a third aged 65 (Age UK) or over say they are always or often feel lonely.
- 1.7 million people aged 65 (Age UK) or over have less than weekly contact with family, friends and neighbours.
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