700,000 older people 'are lonely'

Over 700,000 people aged 65 or over in the UK say they are always or often lonely, Age UK have said. 3.5 million are not getting any help, support or companionship from neighbours.

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3.5m elderly people 'are not getting any enough support'

3.5 million people aged 65+ in the UK are not getting any help, support or companionship from neighbours, according to new research from Age UK.

3.5m elderly people need support, the charity have said Credit: ITV News

Over 700,000 admit they don't know their neighbours and claim the top reason is they don't want to be a burden or feel their neighbours are too busy.

Older people are more vulnerable to serious health problems during colder weather particularly heart attacks and strokes, respiratory problems, pneumonia and depression.

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