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Loneliness and isolation are a daily reality for many older people – 75,000 older people in Wales have reported ‘always or often’ feeling lonely.

Age Cymru believes loneliness and isolation should be recognised and treated as a public health priority and we want local authorities to take the following steps:

• Create safe, accessible built environments with places to meet that are easily accessible by integrated local public and community transport;

• Involve older people in identifying and developing solutions to isolation;

• Work with housing, transport, health, care, voluntary sector organisations and GPs to deliver practical and emotional help to tackle loneliness;

• Provide services that prevent or manage loneliness and isolation at life stages  which are likely to increase loneliness, such as bereavement, having to stop driving or moving to a new home or residential care;

• Agree specific local actions to reduce loneliness and monitor and evaluate their impact.

Further information

Downloads

Our 'No one should have no one' manifesto looks at some of the actions local authorities could be taking to tackle the problems faced by Bill, Amra and Olwen.

You can download other guides and factsheets from our list of publications

For more information: Please contact the Policy and Public Affairs team on 029 2043 1555