Social isolation and loneliness among older people in Europe




Sandu, V., Zólyomi, E. and Leichsenring, K. (2022). Social isolation and loneliness among older people in Europe - Evidence, policies and interventions. Vienna: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research.


Older people in Europe generally live longer and are healthier and more active compared to previous generations, but they tend to live more often alone and experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. A significant prevalence of loneliness among the older population has been reported in numerous national and European comparative studies. This report focuses on both loneliness and social isolation, it presents different aspects of these from a European comparative analysis and offers policy recommendations.