Elderly People can Cope With Loneliness Thanks to the Internet

by Kathy Jones on  November 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM Senior Health News
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Elderly people would be less lonely if they were "plugged in" to the Internet, claims a entrepreneur.
 Elderly People can Cope With Loneliness Thanks to the Internet
Elderly People can Cope With Loneliness Thanks to the Internet

Martha Lane Fox founder of Lastminute.com, now the Government's "digital champion", said that grandparents could speak to their families over Skype, could order groceries online and learn more about their favourite pastimes.

She said that keeping in touch with people over the Internet is not the same as face-to-face contact, but it was still better than being completely alone as many older people are.

Lane Fox made her comments to mark the launch of her new campaign to get more council housing residents online, the Daily Telegraph revealed.

Her report estimates that as many as half of the 8.7million British people who have never been on the Internet live in social housing.

The sector is home to many of the country's most vulnerable people, including almost half of all single parents and a fifth of all pensioners, along with many who are disabled or unemployed.

Lane Fox estimates that there would be benefits worth 3.1billion pounds if all of these people were able to access the internet, as many would be able to improve their computer skills and find new jobs, while children would improve their future earnings and adults could save money by paying bills and shopping around for better deals.

Housing associations and councils would also be able to save millions by contacting residents and carrying out transactions over the Internet instead of in person or by letter.

"It's really empowering individuals," the Telegraph quoted Lane Fox as saying.

"You are more likely to be in education and get better grades if you are online, you are more likely to get a job, you will save money, you will feel more connected and less lonely and more confident."

The report by her campaign Race Online 2012 in association with 15 housing associations, called Digital by Default, cites research which found that as many as 1 million older people said that they are always or often lonely, while 3.1 million do not see family, friends or neighbours once a week.

"I'm not for one minute denying it's important to have some face to face contact in your life but we've got to be realistic about the fact that lots of people don't.

She said it was "tragic" how many older people will be alone on Christmas Day.

"They don't have to be alone. Of course it's not the same as face to face contact but do you feel a bit more connected and less lonely when you know you can have a look on a social networking website or have a look at the news," she added.

Source: ANI

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i am 62 years of age...i am so blessed that my three sons pushed me in getting a computer.... Iwas so scarred to own one, then the next thing they done without me knowing they bought me the whole pack and they set me up..then they were saying to me do this and that ..and in myself i couldn't get it right,what they were talking about...finally with a lot of mishaps and virus .;after nearly 3 yrs i know a lot ..i know when their is a virus I have Skype,window live messenger ,incredimail which i love soooo much... and even now while i am writing this story i am on my exercise bike.,. and addicted to so many games ..and the best of all living in Australia as i was only 18mths old when i came out here and never been back I amm on face book which I found all my cousins from England and Malta that I never new or had and still they keep rolling in.. i myself suffer with depression but once i am on this i forget everything, actually i am hooked on it but at my age i dont care... i do my walks come home do what i need to do then laptop which my sons bought me too,sometimes my husband and i go out during the day but look so forward to my LAP TOP Regards sheila


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