Elderly alone at Christmas

As millions of Britain's elderly are struggling to stay warm in the cold spell, new research reveals that a quarter of a million pensioners will spend Christmas alone.

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Report: A third of over-75s live alone

  • A third of over-75s who live alone typically spend 12 hours a day by themselves.
  • Overall, one in ten in that age group say that they feel intensely lonely all the time.
  • Some 246,000 will spend Christmas Day alone.
  • Two in five marriages fail has serious repercussions for the elderly.
  • Family breakdown has led to more and more young people becoming estranged from their ageing relatives.
  • So-called ‘silver separations’ are also becoming more common.
  • More than 11,500 over-60s were granted a divorce in 2009.
  • Pensioners are the only group for whom the divorce rate is still rising.

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