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15 April 2013 10:25
Research has revealed that loneliness is a major problem for older people
One in three over-fifties and nearly half of people over the age of 80 feel lonely, research has revealed. And figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show women are more likely to feel isolated than men.
Laura Ferguson, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, said the danger of loneliness should not be underestimated. She said older people were more at risk of becoming lonely as they were more likely to suffer from a bereavement and problems with illness and mobility may make it more difficult for them to have an active social life.
Michelle Mitchell, charity director-general at Age UK, said local authority cutbacks were likely to make things worse as support services were reduced or scrapped. She said people should be good friends and neighbours by making time for the elderly and checking they are okay. Older people may find travelling to visit family and friends will help ease their feelings of loneliness, with deals offering
travel insurance to people over 65 available.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.