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How an app can help fight loneliness in old people at Christmas

December 17, 2018

While loneliness is experienced by all ages, it’s especially pronounced in older people. In the UK, 51 percent of all people aged 75 and over live alone and approximately 6 percent of older adults leave their house once a week or less. An increasing proportion of these older adults live in rural areas.

In an age when services and information are increasingly available online, might technology play a role in addressing loneliness and social isolation?

Our research was conducted in South Lakeland – a rural community of Cumbria in Northern England. Residents aged 65 years and older account for 24.2 percent of the population here, against a national average of 17 percent. While there are two towns, the majority of the population live in villages, hamlets and isolated dwellings.

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