Research of 1,400 retired people discovered 27 per cent feel disconnected when loved ones’ social schedules ramp up as the temperatures rise, leaving less time for them to check in.
And with the country experiencing record temperatures this summer, 43 per cent are also struggling in the heat, which can cause them to become isolated from their family and friends.
It also emerged 57 per cent think people talk more about loneliness in older people during winter than the summer months, with 62 per cent believing isolation during the warmest time of year is just as big an issue.
The research was commissioned by Specsavers Home Visits to support its #GenerationWOW campaign, which aims to give older people a platform to pass on their skills and life experience to others.
Katie James, a director and optometrist for the service, which offers free at-home eye tests for those who are eligible, said: “During the summer months when people typically have more plans, it’s easy to forget older people may be missing out on valuable interaction with loved ones as a result.
“The research has shown there is a hidden issue around loneliness in older people during this period.
“And with the days being longer, no doubt it can often feel quite a lonely time for many.”
Making an older person’s day
The study also found 62 per cent of those polled believe people popping around is a lifeline when they are feeling secluded in the summer.
While 47 per cent have tried joining social clubs – either locally or online – to curb their solitude.
But 22 per cent are homebound for long periods in the summer as they struggle to fill the days, even if they would normally be able to leave the house alone.
And, despite the average respondent living with two people, 58 per cent said even when surrounded

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