78 year old Caroline: Being lonely is "just appalling"
Society has failed to confront the 'national shame' of chronic loneliness among 800,000 elderly people, according to the Health Secretary. We hear one elderly woman's story. 78 year old Caroline has a family but they lead very busy lives, and she's found life very lonely since her husband died last year.
If you are in a similar situation, here are a few charities who may be able to help below.
Royal Voluntary Service - www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk - 0845 608 0122
Silver Line - nationwide launch on November 25th - 0800 328 8888
Age UK - www.ageuk.org.uk - 0800 169 6565
Friends of the Elderly - www.fote.org.uk - 020 7730 8263
Contact the Elderly - www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk - 0800 716543
Samaritans - www.samaritans.org - 08457 90 90 90