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AT this time of year, most peo­ple are busy pre­par­ing for the hol­i­day sea­son, buy­ing presents, ar­rang­ing par­ties and hang­ing out with friends and fam­ily. But while we are do­ing this we some­times for­get about the peo­ple that don’t al­ways have some­one to care for them – the el­derly.

At Christ­mas time, many el­derly mem­bers of your com­mu­nity might be feel­ing alone and iso­lated if they have no one to cel­e­brate with dur­ing this spe­cial sea­son.

They can also be quite vul­ner­a­ble as the tem­per­a­ture out­side drops. There are se­vere health risks that come with be­ing too cold in the win­ter months, so mak­ing sure they are prop­erly looked after is im­por­tant.

What can I do to help?

Look out for your el­derly neigh­bours. Reg­u­larly check on them to make sure they’re okay and keep­ing warm. Of­fer a home-made gift or card to show them that they’re loved and ap­pre­ci­ated.

Of­fer to lend a hand. You could help dec­o­rate their home so that they feel in the hol­i­day spirit.

Most im­por­tantly, show that you care. Any­thing you do will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and makes hol­i­days a lit­tle more bear­able for those who are in need of some love.

Child­line is al­ways avail­able if you’d like to chat to some­one about car­ing for the el­derly this sea­son.

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