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We want to draw attention to this big issue for older people, mobilising the public to help prevent and alleviate it, and we also want to encourage the Government to take action.

What are we calling for?

We want local and national governments to understand that older people’s loneliness really matters; that it’s a serious public health problem and not a normal part of ageing, and we want them commit to take action with us to prevent and tackle it.

National and local government both have a part to play. We need their commitment to work with Age UK and many others to:

  • Find out where older people at risk of loneliness are – and local Age UKs have the tools to do this
  • Identify what works best in preventing and tackling loneliness, and create the circumstances in which this can be put it into action (including by providing funding)
  • Listen to what older people say would help them to avoid and overcome loneliness, and respond in a way that respects their preferences.