How you can help the half a million older people who spend Christmas alone

Loneliness and isolation unfortunately is a reality for many older people in the UK all year round.

Older people are hit even harder at Christmas, which can be the loneliest time of the year for them.

Here are just some of the facts (source: Age UK):

  • In the UK, more than half of all people aged over eighty are lonely
  • About 3.8 million older people live alone
  • Half a million older people spend Christmas alone
  • 70% of these are women over 65
  • 17% (480,000) said that Christmas brought back too many memories of those who had passed away.
  • Almost 2 million people (18%) are worried about not being able to get out and about as much because of shorter, darker days and poor weather conditions.

This is shocking.

To help combat the problem, the NHS has called for an army of good samaritans in England to become a ‘Winter Friend’ to neighbours who may be at risk during cold weather.

At Casserole Club, we’re committed to reducing loneliness, so we’re encouraging people from across the UK to become a Winter Friend and share a portion of their Christmas dinner with an older neighbour this Boxing Day.

If you live in Barnet, Tower Hamlets or Reigate & Banstead, sign up today and we’ll match you up to an older person – not just for Christmas, but over the winter period so you can build a warm relationship throughout the cold winter months.

If Casserole Club isn’t currently in your area we’d still love you to sign up so we can let you know when we’re live in your area.

Casserole Club and other support services can help reduce loneliness and isolation , but it is you – the people and the communities across the UK – that play the biggest part.

Sign up now to get cooking »

If anyone is worried about an older person this winter, you can also call the Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65 for expert advice on staying warm and keeping well. Lines are open from 8am to 7pm, 7 days a week.

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