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How to stamp out chronic loneliness

3.6m older people say that television is their main form of company

By Jill Mortimer  

New evidence shows that half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone, with nearly half a million more usually going at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all. This, coupled with the fact that around 1.2m older people are deemed “chronically lonely” and have been feeling this way for years, points to something of a social crisis.

But what does loneliness really mean, and can we ever fully get to grips with a problem that is…

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