Christmas can be a lonely time for older people, particularly the growing number who live in rural areas. Technology could help the crisis of social isolation in old age.
Robots address challenges care systems face -- and could even provide companionship to those who need it most.
The cities we build in turn shape our society. So when so many of us feel lonely, we should aim to apply what we know about the social impacts of design to help people connect with each other.
As part of a new strategy to combat loneliness GPs will be able to prescribe social activities. But is this ethical?
Isolation at work can be unhealthy. But it can also be a good thing – as this researcher found out when he walked solo from Melbourne to Sydney.
Half of Australians feel lonely for at least one day a week, while one in four feel lonely for three or more days. This can impact on sleep, heart health and levels of anxiety.
Ahead of the release of the most comprehensive data on loneliness in Australia, by the Australian Psychologists Society, Labor frontbencher Andrew Giles speaks about this "contagious phenomenon".
UK mired by food 'deserts' and a crisis of loneliness – they should be tackled together.
Green spaces can help to address loneliness. But they are highly vulnerable to austerity.
Social media can be a great tool to keep in touch with friends – but if you are already lonely, it could make things worse.
More than 16 million people in the U.S. take care of people with dementia. Could we learn something from how other cultures view dementia as more of a social disease rather than a lonely one?
Older men are more at risk of loneliness than woman. Feeling isolated increases the risk of anxiety and depression.
As we all become mini publishers, we are losing the interactivity that fosters meaningful and healthy social interaction.
It's less about making more friends and more about changing the way we see the world.
To compensate for unmet social needs, people project lifelike qualities onto objects to feel connected. But this doesn’t fully meet people’s needs, so they collect more and more objects.
Many studies have shown that time outdoors is good for our physical health. Three wilderness education experts explain why periods alone in nature also provide mental and spiritual benefits.
The government has announced funding to combat loneliness in the elderly.
Recent news reports suggest that the US is experiencing a loneliness epidemic. But the research is a bit more complicated.
The condition is nothing short of a public health emergency.
Third places are shared spaces where people can informally socialise. As a potential antidote to the modern scourge of loneliness, it's worth asking what makes the best of these places tick.