The elderly are feeling isolated

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MORE than a third of pensioners in the North East feel lonely, research reveals.

Research from charities Age UK and YouthNet showed 42 per cent of people aged 65 and over feel isolated in their homes.

The organisations have teamed up to tackle loneliness and isolation across generations.

Michelle Mitchell, director general of Age UK, said: “Living in isolation and loneliness is a stark reality for too many people in later life and feelings of loneliness can have a 
significantly adverse effect on physical and mental well-being.”

If anyone is suffering from loneliness or feeling isolated, help is available from Age UK’s free advice line on 0800 169 6565.

Lines are open from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week, where you can also find out how to contact your local Age UK.

Alternatively, visit www.ageuk.org.uk.

Those aged 16 to 25 in need of support around any issue can get anonymous expert advice online by visiting YouthNet’s guide to life online at www.thesite.org.