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Loneliness and Isolation

Published on 05 November 2016 01:44 PM

A TNS Survey on loneliness and isolation by Age UK.  Updated in October 2016, found the following: 

  • Loneliness can increase your risk of premature death by up to a quarter
  • Loneliness can be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
  • People with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people with a low degree of loneliness
  • 200,000 older people (65 and over) have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month
  • 360,000 older people (65 and over) have not had a conversation with friends or family for over a week
  • 975,000 older people (65 and over) often or always feel lonely
  • 1.2 million older people (65 and over in England) are persistently/chronically lonely
  • 1 million people aged 65 and over said they never spent time with their family. 
  • People who took part in more health-maintaining and independence-maintaining behaviours were less likely to feel isolated and more likely to feel that their community was a good one to grow old in.