Dame Esther Rantzen says Skype wont combat loneliness of elderly like a

Dame Esther’s comments come as new research shows how the way in which family contact is changing, as traditional means of popping in for a chat are increasingly replaced with modern technology. The 79-year-old journalist and founder of multiple charities has spoken out about the severe impact loneliness can have on old people.  In a survey of 2,000 UK adults, 59 per cent say that they are visiting family members less, while 55 per cent say their extended family relies on technology to keep in-touch…. Dame Esther Rantzen has warned against using Skype as a substitute for a “hug and a cup of tea” as new figures reveal that two-thirds of adults rely on technology to keep in touch with elderly relatives.

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