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Age UK comment on upcoming advice for older people to stay at home

Published on 15 March 2020 12:00 AM

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “Many people will be deeply shocked at the news which has broken today about the four months quarantine.  But if the science is clear that it’s what is necessary to save many older people’s lives then it must be the right thing to do for those aged over 70.

 

“We will all need to step up and help older people get through it in what is going to be several months of real national emergency.  Some older people can rely on great support from their families but not everyone is so lucky so we’re going to need to put some infrastructure in place and fast to help them get through.

 

“Age UK is working on that now as are other charities - and we are already supporting many older people and that needs to continue as well.  Age UK and The Silver Line are determined to continue to be there for older people throughout the period to come.

 

“For now if you were planning to have lunch with the grandparents there’s no reason not to.  But keep a bit more distance, preferably at least a metre apart, no kissing and hugging sadly and those hand hygiene practices are incredibly important.

 

“Now is not the time to back off our older population, who need our love and support more than ever.  Do provide reassurance and now’s a good time to make a plan together as a family.  And for everyone else now is also a great time to look out for older neighbours, especially if they seem to be on their own and help to provide support in the weeks and months to come.”

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Notes to editors

[1] Online survey conducted by Opinium on behalf of Age UK between 14th and 18th January 2022. Sample of 1,280 UK residents (65++), weighted to be nationally representative of the 65+ age group.

[1] Online survey conducted by Opinium on behalf of Age UK between 3rd and 8th December 2021. Sample of 2,000 UK adults (18+), weighted to be nationally representative of the 65+ age group.

[1] Online survey conducted by Opinium on behalf of Age UK between 14th and 18th January 2022. Sample of 1,280 UK residents (65++), weighted to be nationally representative of the 65+ age group.

[1] 82 per cent of the 12,508,638 older people in the UK = 10,257,083 people

[1] https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/96920/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=Website

[1] As reported in the Financial Times, Monday 17th January 2022: https://www.ft.com/content/d246f8b4-80ef-498f-b9f1-7779acc5efd7

[1] On Monday 10th January 2022, the Charity wrote to the Secretaries of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP) and for Work and Pensions (Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP), calling for immediate action to protect vulnerable older people from the cold this winter. This was the second letter from the Charity in as many months urging Ministers to take decisive action on energy bills to mitigate the potentially devastating impact of the escalating crisis, which will be nothing short of catastrophic for many older people without intervention. In addition, the letter underlined the need for longer-term thinking about how older people with the least ability to pay can be protected from energy price rises in the future. The letter was sent by email.

[1] DWP, 2020. Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2018 to 2019 (Table PC1). Department for Work and Pensions. [Online]. Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/929669/pension-credit-tables-2018-2019.ods. Accessed 19/01/2022 

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We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and our local Age UK partners in England (together the Age UK Family). We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

Age UK believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances. We provide free information, advice and support to over six million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well-being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

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