[img]https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/a2b2c81ca15b08e632977aa8f6c1b55fe69f8a04/0_0_3621_2173/master/3621.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=ea03941f5161e0efdd49881129f3c6a5[/img] ‘Tablets are an invaluable way of entertaining oneself and of keeping in touch with friends and relatives,’ writes Joan Caesar. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
“The way I assuage loneliness, as a housebound 83-year-old living alone, is to use my Samsung tablet to play Scrabble and chat to or Skype people online, to shop online so that I can look forward to deliveries and exchange pleasantries with postmen or couriers (Loneliness is ‘a giant evil’ – Cox commission, 11 December; Letters, 14 December). I also employ a cleaner and a gardener alternately for two hours a fortnight at £25 each so that I have someone to make tea for and chat to once a week.
In my opinion all pensioners should be offered, via their doctor, a subsidised tablet upon retirement and be taught how to use one. They are an invaluable way of entertaining oneself and of keeping in touch with friends and relatives.”