Social networking could help cut loneliness

Policy Exchange, a UK think tank, believes that everyone should be taught how to send emails and use social networking sites. Their reasoning behind this is that it could help older people, in particular, stay in contact with their friends and family.

It says that around 40% of people in the UK aged 65 and over don’t have access to the internet while more than five million people have never used it. They predict that an increasingly elderly population risks being isolated as families move further apart due to work.

Age UK have a useful section on their website about making the most of the internet at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/work-and-learning/technology-and-internet/making-the-most-of-the-internet/getting-started/. Or to find out about computer courses and taster sessions you can ring their advice line on 0800 169 65 65.