27 Dec 2018

Reminder to check on lonely elderly during holidays

8:33 pm on 27 December 2018

Age Concern is urging people to check-in with their elderly friends, neighbours and family members and include them in their holiday celebrations.

Chief executive Stephanie Clare said while it was a busy time of the year, people should not forget about their older relatives.

She said loneliness could become a big issue for the elderly at this time of year, but small actions could help.

"Just checking in and being reminded that those small actions, that could be a small physical action like a smile or it could be helping out someone or offering a spare chair at a table or inviting someone to a barbecue," she said.

Ms Clare said this time of year could also be financially stressful for older people.

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