Half a million elderly men lead lonely lives with no friends and no contact from their families, a report warned yesterday.
It found that one person in five with an elderly father is no longer in touch with him. One in four claims to be too busy to maintain contact.
Divorce and family break-up has left millions of men without ties to their children and with few or no family links, said the charity Help the Aged.
Retirement deprives many of the company of work colleagues and others are left alone by bereavement or their own poor health.
Of the million elderly men who live alone, half have no human contact and many feel trapped inside their homes.
Amy Swan of Help the Aged said: 'We are seeing the first real wave of the "divorce generation" hitting retirement.
-- Steve Doughty, on what the excesses of feminist bias has wrought on men and society -and why so many of you turned out to be such little faggots - in The Daily Mail