I’m sure you have all seen the John Lewis advert already but this year the advert comes with a message. Age UK teamed up with John Lewis to put out their message ‘No One Should Have No One’. Over the Festive Season many of us use this time to spend time with our loved ones and catch up with our family and friends. As we do it is important to remember just how lucky we are. This year there were 40,000 people spending Christmas alone. 1 in 10 older Scots, about 100,000 people feel lonely some or all of the time, and this is a problem that Age Scotland tackles all year round.
Age Scotland provides help and support to over 1000 member groups across the country. Groups who provide a diverse range of activities that all fulfil the same problem – making older people feel a part of their communities.
Research has shown that two in five older people say that their only company comes from the television, we must act to stop the health consequences of loneliness and isolation. It’s as easy as asking these simple questions – how could you help someone to have someone? How can you make that connection that can make someone’s day? It could be as simple as knocking on an elderly neighbour’s door, picking up the phone to call a relative, or offering an older person a lift to the shops or community centre. These are the connections that are so easy to give but for the recipient, can change their life.
There are still Age UK’s Hot Tips Calendars available for collection at my office – 20 Crawfurd Street, Greenock, PA15 1LJ. The calendars are packed with vital information and advice to help and improve the lives of older people in Scotland throughout the year.
Age UK are also in partnership with The Silver Line, a 24 hour, Freephone helpline which provides information, advice and most importantly, friendship to older people who ring up. You can call Silverline Scotland on 0800 4 70 80 90