Millions of older people are lonely

Over five million older people across the UK are lonely, a report by a national charity has found.

'The Future of Loneliness: Facing the challenge of loneliness for older people in the UK, 2014-2030', released by Friends of the Elderly today, reveals that the number of lonely older people is equivalent to 8% of the total population and 35% of those over 60.

The charity is launching a new campaign to try and combat the problem, supported by David Cameron, called 'Be A Friend', which will encourage people across the country to get to know their older neighbours.

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South West 'loneliest region for older people'

The South West has the highest proportion of lonely older people per household, a report by a national charity has revealed.

The research by Friends of the Elderly found that over 5 million older people across the UK are lonely, and that:

  • One in every four households in the South West contains a lonely older person.
  • Five of the ten loneliest places in the UK for older people are in the South West.
  • London has the lowest proportion of lonely older people, one in every 11 households.
  • There are an estimated 457,042 lonely older people in the London region.

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