For many people in the autumn of their lives, the ability to get out of their home on a regular basis, take part in hobbies and meet friends is the highlight of their week.
But the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to that enjoyment. Already unable to enjoy the company of family members who live elsewhere, this further restriction can hit hard.
We often forget that older people whose families have left home find new friends and pastimes when they retire. For those who live alone, having lost a spouse or partner, such social interaction is vital. They are among peers, keeping an interest in the world around them and banishing loneliness.