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Training elderly to use internet 'could tackle loneliness'

Loneliness among the elderly could be tackled if the Government would train them to use the internet, a think-tank has said. Policy Exchange warned four out of 10 people over 65 do not have access to the internet.

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Your views: Internet 'no substitute for closeness'

ITV News readers have responded to calls for the government to tackle loneliness with internet training, with many welcoming the suggestion but others insisting the net is no substitute for contact with people.

Among the comments on our Facebook page:

I use it every day but it [doesn't] fill the gap like human company I'm afraid.

– Helen Dunn

Taught my 74 year old grandad how to use skype and he loves being about to speak to his brother and sister and great grandkids

– Cheryl Liversuch

Yes it would [help] but alot of elderly can't even afford heating and food, let alone a new PC and internet

– Neil Goch

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