Human relationships are important to the wellbeing of older people, it has been suggested.
The communications manager at Contact the Elderly, Marie Holdt, said that interaction can have a "very positive effect".
Her comment comes as a recent study from Brigham Young University found that social relationships can improve people's health.
A person's odds of survival can be improved by as much as 50 per cent through social interaction with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues, the research revealed.
To provide these kinds of relationships, Ms Holdt said: "There is a need for lots of different types of organisations that can offer different types of support and activities so that the older person has the different choices that a lot of younger people would have."
Ms Holdt noted that online networking did not have the same affect as interacting with another person in normal conversation.
She explained that that this was due to the fact that face-to-face contact provides older people with stimulation.
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