The hidden epidemic among older people

LONELY: More than half of Gransnet users have never talked about their feelings of loneliness to anyone, a new survey has revealed.
LONELY: More than half of Gransnet users have never talked about their feelings of loneliness to anyone, a new survey has revealed.
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More than half of users of a social networking site aimed at older people have never talked about their feelings of loneliness to anyone, according to a new report.

The survey, which has been published to mark the launch of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness spotlight on older people, revealed that the vast majority say their close friends and family would be “astonished” to hear they feel lonely. And more than 90 per cent of Gransnet users have admitted it is possible to feel lonely even when you have a partner or family.

As part of the commission’s new initiative nine organisations - Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, British Red Cross, Campaign to End Loneliness, Eden Project Communities, Gransnet, Independent Age, Royal Voluntary Service and The Silver Line - are working together to raise awareness of loneliness and encourage people to take action.

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