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'The crisis in social care is the sign of a much wider crisis in society' (PA)

Far too many old people are placed in care homes, rather than being looked after by their families

St Vincent de Paul volunteers visit those in need

The new campaign Who Cares? draws attention to the 900,000 older people in Britain struggling with loneliness

A lonely old man longs to see his family in Edeka’s shocking Christmas advert

Help tackle the plague of loneliness

Even when you know that elderly isolation is a problem in Britain, the statistics are still heartbreaking

American author Marilynne Robinson after she won the Orange Prize for Fiction (PA)

Mark Greaves explores a novel that is a consummate study of the theology of loneliness