- 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.
More top news
Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States but major questions still remain over his team.
Ana-Alecia Ayala became an internet sensation for her video showing her dancing and laughing through intensive chemo treatment.
In a week that has lurched from the bizarre to the surreal, we are now just a day away from one of the great rituals of American democracy.