Two in three men over 64 years of age will have to deal with loneliness over the next couple of decades, a new study conducted by researchers at International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) and Independent Age reveals.
The researchers made use of the data from English Longitudinal Study on Ageing and found that the number of men over 64 years of age who will be lonely will rise up to 1.5 million by 2030, up from the currently levels of 911,000 in the UK.
According to the study, less than a quarter of elderly men have contact with their children less than once a month, though the number is greater than the 15 percent of elderly women.
"It's alarming to think there are growing numbers of lonely older men who may be facing a future alone and without proper support. In general, men rely more heavily on their partner to remain socially connected. When their partner dies, often a man's social life shrinks", Independent Age chief executive Janet Morrison said.