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Response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness final report

Author: Age UK
Published on 15 December 2017 12:01 AM

Commenting on the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness final report, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:

'It's been a great privilege to be part of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission over the past year and to have had the opportunity to input into the final report. With millions of people affected, including 1.2 million chronically lonely older people, it's clear that Loneliness is a serious social problem in our country that we cannot and should not ignore.

'The impact of loneliness can be devastating – mentally, emotionally and physically – and while there is no quick fix, we can all do something to change things for the better: a simple act like saying hello and having a chat can brighten up an older person's day and do more good than most of us would ever guess.

'Over the next few years Age UK is committed to continuing to tackle the Loneliness that sucks the joy from far too many older people's lives, and to working with everyone who shares our goals to do so.'

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Notes to editors

Age UK

We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and our local Age UK partners in England (together the Age UK Family). We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

Age UK believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances. We provide free information, advice and support to over six million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well-being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

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Last updated: Dec 15 2017

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