Lonely this Christmas: Three million elderly dreading festive period cold and alone

Three million elderly Britons are dreading a lonely Christmas: Festive period brings back sad memories of lost loved ones Many fear leaving the house because of poor weather, says charity Age UK Research reveals 840,000 over 65s find Christmas brings back sad memories By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 00:17 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 20 December 2012 Around three million elderly people are dreading the thought of a cold, lonely Christmas, says Age UK. The charity, which surveyed 1,000 over-65s, said many will be spending it on their own.

More than 500,000 pensioners "will be lonely at Christmas" with just the television for company

More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' with just the television for companyOne in six over-65s barely speaks to family, friends or neighbours once a week according to a new survey by Friends of the ElderlyThe survey reveals the depth of isolation affecting many whose well-being is at greater risk during the winter By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:28 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 3 December 2012 Alone: More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' (file picture) More than half a million older people will be spending Christmas alone this year – with only the TV for company, say campaigners. One in six is in touch with family, friends and neighbours barely once a week, while one in ten is in contact less than once a month