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New site helps over 60s combat loneliness and find love or friendship free and safely online.

Many dating sites and companionship sites involve meeting up with a completely new stranger – Old Flames Reconnected, which launches in December 2016, only allows contact between those who are registered, and only if the other party accepts the invitation. This offers protection and reassurance for older people who may not be so familiar with the nuances of online dating etiquette. Another bonus is that the site is also free.

Old Flames Reconnected is launching in December because Christmas is a particularly difficult time for those living alone, as reported widely across the media.

Some figures on loneliness and the older population:

- 3.5 million 65+ live alone. This is 36% of all people aged 65+ in GB.
- Nearly 70% of these are women. Read full release