A new survey by Independent Age, the older people’s charity, found more than one in three people aged 75 and over say that feelings of loneliness are out of their control, equivalent to more than 1.8m people, and almost one in four worry about how often they feel lonely.
To help older people reduce loneliness, we’ve launched a free guide called If You’re Feeling Lonely: How to stay connected in older age.
It provides information on how to recognise why you feel lonely, how to help yourself and the opportunities to look out for.
People feel lonely sometimes, but becoming older shouldn’t inevitably mean that you will be lonely.
By taking small steps and changing one thing at a time, it is possible to reduce feelings of loneliness.
The If You’re Feeling Lonely guide is free to order and download from independentage.org/lonely-guide or by calling 0800 319 6789.