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Council leaders have called on people to 'wake up' to problem of loneliness among the elderly which is putting an increasing burden on health and social care.
More than half of UK parents suffer from loneliness, a children’s charity survey has revealed.
Local government leaders have called for loneliness to be recognised as a major public health issue following a report showing one in eight people have no close friends.
Half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone, leading to an increased demand on health services, according to new research by Age UK.