Current research indicates that about half of older New Zealanders experience some level of loneliness, and 8-9% feel lonely all or most of the time.
This is important, not just because loneliness is painful, but because having inadequate social relationships has been shown to be as bad for health as smoking. Loneliness has also been linked to increased likelihood of entering rest home care.
This page provides you with information on effective interventions to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and greater understanding of how people can build resilience to prevent loneliness, or help themselves if they find that their social networks are not meeting their needs.
If you are feeling lonely and need some help, please click here.