Around a million (10%)[i] older people are termed "chronically lonely" at any given time in the UK, seriously increasing their risk of suffering mental and physical illness, according to a new report from Age UK and The Campaign to End Loneliness.
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Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the last 10 years
There are no plans for any insurance products to help people plan ahead for their care needs in old age, leading companies have told the BBC.
Age UK publishes a social care "score card" that shows despite rising demand from growing numbers of people in need of support, the amount spent on social care services for older people has fallen nationally by £1.1 billion (14.4 per cent) since 2010/11, even after accounting for additional funding from the NHS, and by a total of £1.4 billion (17.7 per cent) since 2005/6
More people than ever before are being protected by Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, part of the Mental Capacity Act that protects the rights of adults in care homes and hospitals who lack mental capacity to make decisions about their care.