It's important to remember loneliness can – and does – affect anyone, of any age.Here are ways for older people to connect with others and feel useful and appreciated again.
A tablet computer can be especially useful if you can't get around very easily, as you can sit with it on your knee or close to hand and the screen is clear and bright.
A sponge-tip stylus pen or speech recognition may help if the touchscreen is difficult for arthritic hands or fingers with poor circulation.
Someone who is lonely probably also finds it hard to reach out.
There is a stigma surrounding loneliness, and older people tend not to ask for help because they have too much pride.
Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation – and it can have a serious effect on health.
But there are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out.
Grab every chance to smile at others or begin a conversation – for instance, with the cashier at the shop or the person next to you in the GP waiting room.
If you're shy or not sure what to say, try asking people about themselves.
Or you can call The Silver Line, a helpline for older people set up by Esther Rantzen, on 0800 4 70 80 90.