A report from the Policy Exchange think tank has suggested that loneliness among the over-65s (and the co-morbidities understood to be associated with social isolation) could be reduced significantly by training older people in use of the internet, how to send emails and the basics of using social networking sites. Training the 6.2 million people currently estimated to lack basic digital skills could cost £875m by 2020, or roughly £141 per person. These costs would be offset, according to the report, by estimated savings of £1.7 billion per year.
Internet training would cut pensioner loneliness, says think tank. London: BBC News, May 27th 2014.