Speaking at the Law Society’s Private Client Section elderly care conference, Esther Rantzen has urged solicitors to be mindful of clients who may be living with loneliness and to think about putting them in touch with The Silver Line. The Silver Line is a 24/7 friendship, information and advice line.

Esther Rantzen said:

“Since November 2013, we’ve taken 230,000 calls and the biggest problem people bring to us is loneliness. Loneliness is all about loss - of a partner, job, a sense, driving licence, mobility or neighbourhood. It can erode self-confidence: you think you are alone because nobody wants you.

“Solicitors are in a unique position to help older clients. Elderly clients see solicitors as a trusted friend - someone they can ask advice from. It may be that your elderly client comes to you just for the opportunity of having someone they know and like to talk to. All I ask is that you mention they may like to try The Silver Line and see what they think.”

The Law Society’s elderly client care conference is part of the Private Client Section’s conference programme.

Gary Rycroft, vice chair of the Private Client Section committee said:

”The elderly client care conference is just one of many benefits of section membership, which support solicitors working for private clients. If you’re already a member, it’s time to renew. If you’re not yet a member, you are really missing out. Private Client Section members renew their membership every year because they love the benefits such as the PS magazine and the Private Client Section regional winter seminars which provide practical support from acknowledged experts such as Professor Lesley King and Helen Clarke.”