Older people are particularly vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and isolation. In this guide, we explain the main causes of loneliness in older people and the possible consequences, as well as how you can spot the signs and help your relative cope with these often difficult emotions.
If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care.
Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.
In this guide
Older people are particularly vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and isolation. We explain why.
Loneliness can be a problem for older people, which is why it is so important to make sure they spend time with friends.
There are lots of things you can do to help your relative or a friend tackle feelings of loneliness. Even small things can make a big difference.
At the age of 88, Sarah’s mother was reasonably active and independent - then she had to go into hospital.
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Lesley’s father Richard, now 88, became isolated and depressed after a stroke reduced his mobility.
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