We know that anyone at any age can become lonely or isolated, but we also know that anyone at any age can help reduce loneliness and this winter we can all do our bit. Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council's Director of Public Health has shared some advice.
Our communities are where we have our homes and they affect how we feel. Our neighbours can be both a vital source of support or a reminder of how lonely we are and this becomes clearer than ever in winter when the nights draw in and temperatures fall.
Older adults, relatives and neighbours are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need a bit of extra help. If you suspect someone may be lonely, why not call in on them more regularly to see how they are? If they cannot get out and about as much during the winter, why not offer to run some errands for them, or do their weekly shop when you do yours? Small gestures can go a long way, so we must all make sure we keep in touch, pop in for a cuppa, check if others are feeling ok and check if people have enough food or medicines before a spell of bad weather.
If you’re worried about an older person, you can also call the Age UK helpline on 0800 055 6112. To find out more about keeping well this winter, please visit www.nhs.uk/winteradvice.