Social isolation is a serious issue for seniors. We frequently associate loneliness with being alone and, given seniors are more likely to be alone, assume loneliness is a problem isolated to seniors. However, the facts are quite different.
Whilst it is important that we address the social isolation issues facing seniors, only two out of fifteen lonely New Zealanders are 65 years of age or over. As the figure shows, loneliness in New Zealanders is highest among the youth aged 15-24.