Ageing and Longevity

Why do so many older people experience loneliness?

"When he was gone, I didn’t know where I fitted anymore." Image: Jorge Lopez/Unsplash

Sam Carr

Senior Lecturer in Education with Psychology, University of Bath

Chao Fang

Research Associate, University of Bath

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Loneliness improves with age, but starts to increase again in the over 75s. Image: Our World in Data

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