For many of us the risk of loneliness increases as we get older. Older people are three times more likely to live alone than any other adults. You may have retired from work, been through the death of a spouse, partner, or family and friends, or seen children and neighbours move away. You may also find it difficult to go out because of disability, anxiety or lack of suitable transport. Loneliness can increase the chances of getting depression, and even of suicide.
There are many ways you can prevent being lonely. There are social groups, befriending, and local organisations for older people (Neighbourhood Network Schemes). You may want to join a course or class, or do voluntary work. If you can go online you may want to try a social networking site. These are becoming more and more popular, especially if you have trouble going out.
If you are feeling very lonely you can get help and support, including counselling.