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Extreme loneliness can increase an older person's chance of dying prematurely, Age UK said as it warned that more than a million people aged 65 and over admit to usually feeling lonely.
The charity is calling on people to send a donation by calling 0800 169 8787 or texting HELLO to 70004 to donate £3 or visiting www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/loneliness
Two in five pensioners consider television to be their main form of company, Age UK said, as it warned that for the first time, more than a million people aged 65 and over admit to feeling lonely "always or often."
The charity described loneliness as a "huge issue" in Britain.
It's poll of 2,000 British adults of 65 and over found that 37% said their TV is their main form of company.