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Lonely older people most miss chats, hugs

AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016

Lonely older people most miss having somebody to sit with, while almost half miss enjoying a hug, research shows.

A new poll of more than 1,000 over-65s who say they are lonely found it was simple things that people missed the most.

The survey, for UK's Campaign to End Loneliness, found people most missed sitting with somebody and just being together (mentioned by 52 per cent of respondents).

This was followed by having somebody to laugh with (51 per cent), hugging (46 per cent), eating together (35 per cent), sharing a bed (31 per cent) and holding hands (30 per cent).

Campaign to End Loneliness director, Laura Alcock-Ferguson, said: "Meaningful social connections are essential for human happiness.

"At the campaign, we want to make loneliness everyone's business and show that we can all play a role in combating loneliness in their community, whether as an organisation or an individual."

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