In response to Mature Times research into Loneliness Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'Living in isolation and loneliness is a stark reality for many older people. The results of the survey highlight the growing issue of loneliness and the pressures families face with increasingly busy lives. However, friends and family play a crucial role in helping people in later life stay connected and involved with their community and we would encourage everyone to keep in regular contact with older friends and family, especially those who may be isolated or unable to leave their home due to mobility issues or illness.
'Age UK provides telephone befriending schemes nationally and through some local Age UKs and Age Concerns, which involve regular weekly phone calls between trained and supported volunteers and older people. Many Age UKs and Age Concerns across the country also provide services that can help older people to beat loneliness, including befriending schemes, day centres, lunch clubs and digital training to enable isolated older people to contact others and pursue hobbies. For more information on social activities and support available in your area, call the information line on 0800 00 99 66.'
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