Lonely older people most miss having somebody to sit with, while almost half miss enjoying a hug, research shows.
A poll of more than 1,000 over-65s for the Campaign to End Loneliness found people (52%) most missed sitting with somebody and just being together.
This was followed by:
- Having somebody to laugh with (51%)
- Hugging (46%)
- Eating together (35%)
- Sharing a bed (31%)
- Holding hands (30%)
The survey found lonely people also missed a wide range of other social activities, such as going on holiday, country walks, going to the pub and entertaining guests.
Laura Alcock-Ferguson, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, said: "Meaningful social connections are essential for human happiness.
"At a national level, we're calling for the development of a UK-wide strategy for tackling loneliness and social isolation to help end this growing crisis."
She added: "Health and well-being boards also have a big role to play, and it is vital that every board in the country put in place a clear action plan with measurable targets for reducing loneliness in their local population."
The group says that up to one million older people in the UK suffer from chronic loneliness.