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loneliness epidemic and technology

The UK is currently in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. While feelings of isolation can affect people of any age, it’s particularly pertinent in the older generation. A recent survey in support of the Jo Cox commission on loneliness found that 73% of older people are lonely — and over half have never told someone how they feel.

However, while loneliness is hitting the headlines now, it’s not an epidemic that has been established overnight. Almost half of the elderly people who said they were lonely admit to having felt like that for years.

It’s not just overall quality of life that is at risk through loneliness — physical health is also at risk. Lonely older people have a 14% greater risk of dying — nearly double the risk of obesity and just 5% lower than poverty (19%).