The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people:
- They offer a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country;
- And a vital befriending service to combat loneliness;
It is also designed as a means of empowering those who may be victims of abuse and neglect. Silver line if appropriate transfer elderly people to specialist services designed to protect them.
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Research has shown that loneliness in old age should be recognised as a major health issue and treated with the same urgency as obesity. Up to one million pensioners are suffering in silence on a daily basis in the UK.
Loneliness has been shown to shorten life, cause depression which has been linked to an increased risk of dementia and other physical side effects such as malnutrition. Loneliness in old age is only set to increase as we all live longer.
Esther Rantzen herself has spoken about the overwhelming and aching loneliness that she felt following the death of her husband Desmond Wilcox.
Silver line if appropriate transfer elderly people to specialist services designed to protect them.