Friends of the Elderly: 'What Does Christmas Mean to You?'





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Published on Dec 5, 2011


What does Christmas mean to you? Here Friends of the Elderly ask this one question to a variety of different people and age groups. The resulting film shows the answer can be very different depending on your age and circumstances.

Half a million older people in the UK will experience a cold Christmas this year, not only struggling to cope with escalating heating costs, fuel allowance cuts and the tough winter predicted, but by the absence of human company.

The effects of isolation on older people - including loneliness, depression, feelings of low self-worth, poor health and diet - can be devastating, with isolated individuals being less likely to obtain the services they need or seek help.

While isolation is a year-round problem for many older people, its effects can often be felt more acutely at Christmas. Friends of the Elderly urges people to get more involved with the older people around them -- and not just at Christmas.

You can make a real difference by:

Simply checking in on an older neighbour regularly
Popping a card through an older neighbour's door
Having a chat with an older person over the fence, in the street or at the shops
Volunteering your time to make home visits to older people
Becoming a telephone befriender

Please visit the Friends of the Elderly website www.fote.org.uk/xmas for information on how you can help through volunteering services such as telephone befriending, home visiting or by donating. Donations can also be made by texting FOTE42 £4 to 70070. Full terms and conditions available on the website.

Friends of the Elderly has been providing residential care and community services such as day care, home support, befriending and financial grants for over 100 years, helping thousands of older people to avoid and overcome loneliness and isolation each year.


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