Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK, and as well as being a social issue it can have a detrimental effect on health.
3.5 million people aged 65 and over 2 million (49%) of people aged 75 and over live alone
Over 1 million older people say they are always or often feel lonely
2.9 million older people in the UK feel they have no one to turn to for help and support
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
How can a Reassurance Calls service help older people to feel less lonely?