Mobile phones help alleviate loneliness among the over 50s, according to a report commissioned by Vodafone in the UK.

The report sets out how technology can play a vital role in alleviating loneliness in older people by keeping them connected to their family and friends for longer.

It also highlights the fact that a significant number of older people are not confident in using technology, including accessing the internet.

The report, which was backed by UK health secretary Matt Hancock, also looks for the first time at the financial implications of loneliness in the over 50s.

According to the report, the health and wellbeing impact of loneliness on those aged over 50 amounts to £3.9 billion (7.25 billion AUD) a year.

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