Television is main form of company for elderly, say charity

  • Over half of all older people considering the TV as their main form of company.
  • Over 3.5 million (35%) people aged 65+ are concerned about staying warm at home.
  • Over 2 million (21%) state they are worried about not being able to get out and about as much.
  • 4.5 million (43%) people aged 65+ are concerned about falling over on slippery pavements.

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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.