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Isolation of Older Men

The number of male pensioners living on their own has soared to more than one million, with close to half of them saying they feel lonely and trapped in their own home

Dr George Leeson, from Oxford University’s Institute of Ageing, said men were particularly vulnerable to isolation in retirement, because so many of their social networks were based around work.

"Older men often find the simultaneous loss of status, and of the social relationships that come with work, very difficult to cope with. The research that we have carried out in this field shows that they are not very good at building new networks".