Author: Age NI
Published on 03 January 2014 01:30 PM
As extreme weather hits NI, Linda Robinson (Acting Chief Executive of Age NI) is urging people to be extra considerate of older neighbours and relatives.
‘With high winds, flood warnings and the possibility of wintry showers to follow, please do what you can to ensure that your older neighbours and relatives are safe, warm and well.
‘Poor weather conditions can have a very serious impact on older people, preventing them from getting in and out of their homes or causing worry about a trip or a fall. Even visiting the local shop to make sure there’s enough food in the house can be difficult. Add to that the possibility of electricity failure, water damage or problems with home-heating and it’s clear why many older people struggle.
‘We can all help. Just a phone call or a visit can be enough to make sure that an older person you know has everything they need to stay safe and well. There’s also lots of useful information in Age NI’s guide for older people, Winter Wrapped Up, available to download here www.ageni.org/wrappedup
‘With over 190,000 older people in NI worried about loneliness, a small gesture could make a very big difference in the coming days.’