ESTHER Rantzen has called for society to place more value on older people.

She described senior citizens as "our national treasure" as she promoted the work of the Silver Line charity that she founded. The organisation aims to offer friendly voices, round the clock, to people who may be suffering in silence from loneliness.

Esther Rantzen spoke out during a visit to the Scottish Parliament. She told the cross-party group on older people, age and ageing. that everyone should validate the experiences, the contribution and the real value older people have in society.

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