Briefing: Loneliness and social isolation in older people

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
February 22, 2016
Carol Grant, LGiU associate
Issues Covered
  • age friendly places
  • evidence for interventions
  • impact of loneliness on individuals and services
  • local authority role
Health, public health, adult social care, Voluntary Sector and Community Engagement, Welfare and Equalities
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Feelings of loneliness and social isolation are particularly acute for older people. How can councils combat loneliness? This briefing summarises recent research on this critical issue and considers the effects of loneliness on health and services. It also looks at the evidence for different interventions.

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