Agence France-PresseOctober 18, 2013 10:16
Hundreds of thousands of elderly Britons are being ignored by society, the health minister said on Friday, saying people should look to Japan and China for lessons on how to manage this "national shame".
Surveys suggest 800,000 people in England are "chronically lonely", while five million people say the television is their main form of company, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.
"A forgotten million who live amongst us -- ignored to our national shame," he said.
Like many countries, Britain is struggling to deal with the challenge of its ageing population.