Look out for the el­derly as you cel­e­brate the fes­tive sea­son with fam­ily

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CHRIST­MAS is al­most here – and while most of us are look­ing for­ward to warm and hec­tic fam­ily cel­e­bra­tions ahead, plenty of el­derly and frail peo­ple may in­stead be dread­ing a bleak and lonely fes­tive sea­son.

NHS Chiltern Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group is urg­ing peo­ple to spare a thought and some time for any vul­ner­a­ble friends and neigh­bours this win­ter, to help them over­come lone­li­ness and stay well – and per­haps even keep them out of hos­pi­tal.

Re­cent re­search by the Age UK char­ity sug­gests as many as 60 per cent – or six mil­lion – of the UK’s over65s say the hol­i­day pe­riod is an un­happy time of the year for them.

Many say they miss loved ones who have died and other friends and fam­ily mem­bers may be too busy or dis­tant to visit. el­derly com­pose the some shop­ping or chores

NHS Eng­land’s Di­rec­tor largest group ad­mit­ted to for them; or maybe give for Acute Care Pro­fes­sor hos­pi­tal in the win­ter.” them a lift to shops, GP or Keith Wil­lett said: “The So find some time to phar­macy to pick up fact that a third of el­derly check in on el­derly and med­i­ca­tion or get their flu jab.peo­plen­evero­ron­lyfrail­friend­sand oc­ca­sion­ally socialise neigh­bours over the Most im­por­tant of all, with fam­ily or friends is com­ing weeks and months. please look out for signs of not only a sad in­dict­ment You can make sure they ill­ness and make sure they of the so­ci­ety we live in, are keep­ing warm (homes seek help be­fore it but the re­sults of that are rec­om­mended to be be­comes more se­ri­ous. so­cial iso­la­tion present 18°C) and are eat­ing Chiltern CCG’s Clin­i­cal one of the big­gest prop­erly – per­haps even Com­mis­sion­ing Di­rec­tor chal­lenges to the NHS take them meals. for Ur­gent Care Dr Re­becca over the win­ter. The You could of­fer Mallard-Smith said: “We all

to do lead busy lives, but check­ing on el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble friends and neigh­bours can make a world of dif­fer­ence to them. Lone­li­ness can be mis­er­able, es­pe­cially around Christ­mas­time, and it can have a tremen­dously dam­ag­ing ef­fect on a per­son’s men­tal health.

“Sim­ple hu­man con­tact is vi­tal for our gen­eral well­be­ing – not to men­tion be­ing able to give some prac­ti­cal help if it is needed.

“And re­mem­ber, your sup­port can help pre­vent vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from hav­ing ac­ci­dents and stop com­mon win­ter ill­nesses from de­vel­op­ing into some­thing more se­ri­ous. Not only is that bet­ter for your friend or neigh­bour, but it will also ease the pres­sures on your health ser­vices this win­ter.”

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