Author: Age NI
Published on 20 November 2013 09:00 AM
With temperatures dropping significantly this week, and snow showers and ice arriving in some areas of Northern Ireland, Age NI is appealing to the public to consider the health and well-being of their older friends and family in the coming days and weeks.
Siobhan Casey, Age NI Director of Marketing commented, ‘Age NI is appealing to the public to help Spread the Warmth across NI by looking out for their older friends and neighbours. Colder, darker days can affect us all but for some older people, this time of year signals extended periods of loneliness, worry about having enough money, and less opportunity to get out and about.
‘Don’t just assume your older relative or neighbour is feeling warm and well, make the effort to make sure they are content by lifting the phone or paying them a visit. More than half of older people here are concerned about loneliness. One of those people could be your grandparent, your neighbour, your friend... You won’t know until you ask.’
Stephen McCully, Managing Director of Power NI commented, ‘Winter can be a very challenging time for older people. That’s why we support Age NI’s Spread the Warmth campaign. There are lots of ways that people can help their older friends and family at this time of year – just visit www.ageni.org/stw to find out more, including how to access free home insulation worth up to £800.’
Siobhan added, ‘If you do know an older person who is struggling this winter, encourage them to call the Age NI Advice Service on freephone 0808 808 7575. Or if you want to help Age NI directly, think about volunteering with us www.ageni.org/xmasvolunteers or make a donation www.ageni.org/donate so that we can continue to provide services for older people.’