The use dogs to help tackle loneliness is being explored in the West Country.
Social isolation is as damaging for a person's health as some long-term illnesses, according to medical experts.
It's estimated that around 10,000 people over the age of 80 in Bristol live on their own.
Many go at least a month without talking to another human being.
For the first time an NHS trust has teamed up with a charity to offer home visits with dogs to older people suffering from social isolation.
This is now being explored in our region as a way of helping those who experience loneliness in their daily lives.
If you are struggling with loneliness - or know someone who is - here is a list of some of the organisations that can provide support, advice and guidance: