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

Real-life stories

Useful organisations and websites

For tackling loneliness we have collected in one place the most relevant organisations and charities for your reference. We explain who they are and give you phone numbers and website addresses.
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