The Campaign to End Loneliness is calling for local health-focused strategies to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people. This call comes as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation launches its Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness programme today.

Laura Ferguson, Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness welcome the programme’s search for location-based evidence: “Older people are more likely to live alone in their community. As research links loneliness to poor physical and mental health, they are unfortunately more likely to need more intensive health support. Loneliness should therefore be better understood and prioritised by health providers in every locality. By working to reduce loneliness, local health commissioners are likely to reduce the vulnerability of older people and the associated health costs this incurs.”