An elderly widower was so isolated after his disabled wife died he would cry out of loneliness or take photos of visitors "to know that they have been".
Roy Hardacre (84) was speaking as an exclusive survey handed to Daybreak exposed the extent of the isolation facing Britain's over 75s.
I didn't know what to do about myself. I'd been looking after her for so long. I would cry sometimes because I'm so lonely.
Nobody comes to see me and if they do come I normally take photos of them to know that they have been.