Loneliness among people over the age of 65 came across starkly during a recent survey where one out of three people among the senior lot said they were lonely and considered themselves lucky if they met their grandchildren at least once a month.
A study of different generations revealed the extent of loneliness among both young and old which is becoming a huge problem in Britain.
A poll conducted between people aged 16 to 25 showed that the major worry for young people were loneliness, debt and future financial security.
Organisations such as Age UK that are taking initiative to provide healthy living for the older lot are trying to create opportunities for interaction between the young and the old in a bid to reduce isolation and loneliness.
Michelle Mitchell, director general of Age UK, which co-sponsored the research, said: "We already know that loneliness affects over a third people over aged 65 in Great Britain. Modern day life means that more people live further away from loved ones so seeing older relatives regularly can be increasingly challenging. By bringing older and younger people together in their local communities through a new digital service we hope to go some way in helping to reduce isolation and loneliness across the generations."