Research shows that loneliness has a similar impact on mortality as smoking, and is worse for us than obesity. It has significant links to hypertension, depression, and increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50% (which costs the NHS an estimated £20 billion a year).
The Campaign to End Loneliness is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together through research, policy, campaigning and innovation to combat loneliness and inspire individuals to keep connected in older age in the UK. It has created policy briefings, advice for local Health and Wellbeing Boards and is working with Esther Rantzen on The Silver Line.
For more information: http://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/