Helping Europe's older adults to combat loneliness

Loneliness is a challenge to healthy, active ageing for many older Europeans. Healthy Loneliness offers the tools needed to tackle loneliness and to live well.


The Healthy Loneliness programme co-creates initiatives with older people to address the loneliness some may feel and prevent it becoming a challenge to healthy, active lives.

As Europe’s population ages and societal changes lead to greater isolation for the elderly, loneliness is responsible for a decrease in quality of life for a large part of European society. By taking into account the needs of older adults, this programme provides tools to tackle feelings of loneliness and build self-esteem, helping participants to understand that living alone does not mean living in loneliness.

The programme aims to:

  • Achieve a better understanding of current loneliness among the elderly in urban environments, and to identify causes, consequences and solutions.
  • Improve participants’ quality of life and self-esteem, and reinforce the positive points of living alone.
  • Evaluate participants’ mental health and self-esteem before and after participation.
  • Motivate permanent behaviour change towards healthy and active ageing.
Further information

External partners
Vicente Traver
| R&D director | Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia