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Loneliness 'plagues' older adults

Loneliness 'plagues' older adults
11th July 2012

Older adults across the country are currently being plagued by loneliness, according to a new study.

Research by the Campaign to End Loneliness has found that half of the UK's older population considers the television to be their main source of company.

This amounts to approximately 5 million citizens, indicating the depth of loneliness in society.

The situation is expected to worsen as the population continues to age, with Laura Ferguson, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, describing the situation as a "public health issue".

Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK, commented: "Living in isolation and loneliness is a stark reality for too many older people and can have a significantly adverse effect on their physical and mental health."

Consequently, more needs to be done to encourage older adults to reconnect with society, through the creation of social clubs and activities. Getting a pet is another way to ensure that over-65s have companionship.

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