Older people are becoming more isolated and lonely according to a new report from the St. Vincent de Paul.
It says loneliness is the single biggest problem facing older people particularly those living in rural areas.
It is blaming the closure of post offices and a lack of local transport.
John Mark McCafferty of the St. Vincent de Paul says there are some things that can be done to help.
"A couple of the big things that made a difference were the monitored alarms - security alarms for older people - known as Seniors Alert" he said.
"They felt more secure, they felt reassurance, they felt there was someone they could speak to if they were feeling threatened or feeling that they needed someone to talk to".
"And also the importance of home-helps; the home-help service is a low-cost and highly effective service" he added.