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Loneliness an issue for all ages

Loneliness should be recognised as a problem for all age groups, says Tracey Crouch, the minister preparing to reveal England's first loneliness strategy. She said the strategy will help to improve "social connections" and to get better evidence about what really works in reducing loneliness. Ms Crouch said she had been shocked by the negative impact of isolation, which can affect young people, new parents, the bereaved, those who had lost touch with their family, as well as those in old age. She considers it a major health problem that needs to be tackled as much as smoking or obesity. BBC News