Who does it affect?

  • It's estimated that the number of people over 65 who are often or always lonely is over 1 million, set to increase to 2 million by 2026.
  • With East Ayrshire’s population aged 65 and over set to increase from 19.5% to 27.4% by 2034, loneliness is an important priority for local authorities, the NHS and partners.
  • Loneliness can affect people of all ages.
  • Triggers can occur throughout a person’s life and often in response to some kind of transition in their life. 
  • It can be an issue for:
  • pregnant woman who have no support
  • children and young people who don’t feel like they belong
  • young adults who have moved away from home or left a care environment
  • working age people who may have been made unemployed, become a new parent, had a break up of a relationship or become a carer
  • people who have retired
  • people in later life where poor health, mobility or bereavement could increase risk of loneliness