A stronger voice is needed

Bournemouth Echo: A stronger voice is needed A stronger voice is needed

CAMPAIGNER Esther Rantzen took the unusual step of calling the Daily Echo newsdesk last Friday to talk about the deaths of an elderly couple and publicity for a helpline she has established.

Silverline was only launched a matter of weeks ago but it is already taking a significant number of calls from lonely elderly people.

She highlights a problem that will only get worse as the country in general and this area in particular face a social care time bomb because of an ageing population. Miss Rantzen is right. The elderly need a stronger voice and more advocacy.

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