CARE network is a unique alliance standing up for the rights of older people.

There are lots of ways that can do our bit to help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in the community. The person we're helping will reap health benefits, and we'll find your will as well.

If Volunteering for an organisation that supports older people is a key way of helping a lonely or socially isolated older person. But a simple friendly chat or phone call can make all the difference, too.

Evidence suggests giving our time in this way could be as valuable to us as the person we support. It's likely to boost our self-esteem and sense of purpose. And helping others takes our mind off our own problems for a while.