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Loneliness is common in over-65s

Loneliness is common in over-65s
28th September 2012

Many people in the UK over the age of 65 could be experiencing feelings of loneliness, new research has revealed.

A study by Age UK has found that one in three older adults feel lonely and isolated.

What's more, the study revealed that these feelings aren't the result of geographical issues, as, on average, people are never no more than 126 steps away from someone over the age of 65.

Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK, commented: "Living in isolation and loneliness is a stark reality for too many people in later life, and feelings of loneliness can have a significantly adverse effect on physical and mental well-being."

One tool proven to help reduce feelings of isolation is the internet, with 28 per cent of older adults claiming that keeping in contact with friends and family over the web helped to reduce feelings of loneliness.

Giving older adults access to computers and the internet could be key to reducing the number of those isolated in the UK.

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