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NICE calls on third sector and public bodies to combat loneliness in older people

Vulnerable older people should be offered befriending programmes or exercise classes to prevent loneliness.

In a new quality standard NICE urges councils, housing organisations and the voluntary sector to work together to identify vulnerable older people.

Improving the mental wellbeing of older people and helping them to retain their independence can benefit families and communities and may also reduce, delay or avoid their use of health and social care services.