Published: 8th Feb 2018

With one million people aged 65 and over in the UK reporting they are often or always lonely, few would refute the need to tackle this issue. However, loneliness and social isolation are conditions that are difficult to identify, complex to address and hard to resolve. The evidence base for interventions to address the problems of loneliness and social isolation is emerging but inconclusive at this stage. In September 2017, the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Renaisi organised a seminar with commissioners, local authorities and third sector representatives to explore the opportunities and barriers faced by commissioners seeking to address social isolation in older people. It recently published a briefing paper drawing on the discussions from the seminar, and previous research and evaluations in this field. This is an edited version of that paper. The impact of loneliness and social isolation Loneliness can affect people at any age, but … (To read the full article, subscribe below)