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Author: Age NI
Published on 21 December 2010 10:30 AM

With the current freezing weather conditions causing havoc across Northern Ireland, Age NI is urging older people who are experiencing severe difficulties this Christmas to call the Age NI Advice and Advocacy service for advice and practical support.

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive said, ‘For many older people it’s a struggle to keep their home warm enough to combat the cold weather and pay their heating bill.  Age NI is urging older people who are isolated and struggling to stay warm due to the extreme weather conditions to call our helpline, available throughout the Christmas period, on freephone 0808 808 7575 for practical support.  Age NI is here to help, you don’t have to suffer in silence.’

She added: ‘The Northern Ireland public can also help this festive season by checking in on older friends, neighbours and relatives to make sure they are warm, healthy and well.  We all have a duty of care to older people - it is up to each of us to ensure that they can participate fully in their local communities, especially at this time of year when cold weather and poor road conditions can lead to isolation and loneliness.’

If you need help to stay warm or if you know an older person struggling this winter, contact the Age NI Advice and Advocacy Service on 0808 808 7575 to speak to an advisor in confidence throughout the Christmas period.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575