Loneliness is a universal human emotion, both complex and unique to each individual. Loneliness has no single common cause. Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation. It can have a serious effect on health but there are ways to overcome loneliness even if you live alone and find it hard to get out.

  • Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

    Age UK is proud to be a member of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which aims to tackle the silent epidemic of loneliness
  • Jo Cox Commission Survey

    Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness: spotlight on older people. Over half (56%) of Gransnet users who are lonely say they have never spoken about their loneliness to anyone
  • How to overcome loneliness

    If you feel like you’re on your own, this article may help you break through the barriers created by loneliness.
  • Loneliness and Dementia

    Written by wavelength this article explores the relationship between loneliness and dementia, and how technology can help
  • Feeling lonely as you get older

    Feeling lonely? You're not the only one. According to research we did in partnership with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about it.
  • Age UK Dacorum Case Studies

    Read Malcolm's and Jane's stories. Connect to our social media feed on #Loneliness
  • Your Mind Matters

    This guide looks at things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as steps you can take if you think you need some help.
  • Bereavement

    This guide gives you some idea about the range of experiences many people go through when they are bereaved

Our Services to alleviate loneliness

Once We Were Young - Age Concern

A video about the issues older people face in the UK. Promotes the services of the charity Age Concern which aims to promote the well being of all older people and help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.