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Help at hand with Silver Line

It's a growing problem that's often under-estimated - loneliness among elderly people. Many don't speak to another person for days - or even weeks on end. But help is at hand.

A helpline set up by veteran campaigning broadcaster Esther Rantzen has received half a million calls in the last 18 months. It's called Silver Line and arranges for volunteers to phone elderly people for a much appreciated friendly chat. David Wood has more.

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