The Lonely The epidemic of loneliness Loneliness is an urgent and growing issue for our society. The UK Government estimates that 9 million people are ‘lonely’. And a recent independent survey found more than half of those who are lonely have never spoken about how they feel. More than that, Age UK, says half of all people aged 75 and over live alone, with one in 10 aged 65 or over saying they always, or often, feel lonely. Other research discovered almost 1 in 5 older people see friends, family and neighbours less than once a week, while 1 in 10 go for a month before such contact. This offers those who are ‘retired and active’ a wonderful opportunity to respond.