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Think of the Elderly this Christmas and New Year

17 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Human Rights spokesperson, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson, has encouraged people to think of their elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas and New Year.

Ms Anderson said:

"Christmas and the New Year is for many people a joyous occasion but for others it can be a very lonely time and a time when they feel marginalised, cut off from the rest of society.

"In particular I am thinking of older people living on their own whose only contact with the outside world from one day to next is the visit of their home help, carer, postman or postwomen. Increasing numbers of older people find themselves alone when their family members have to move away from their home town to find jobs or to buy a new house. Sadly, they may simply not have any relatives or do but they don't keep in regular touch.

"I would appeal this Christmas for people to take a step back and amidst all the celebrations ask themselves is there something I could do that could help an elderly relative or neighbour? There is excellent working going on throughout the city by the voluntary and community groups in organising functions and events over the festive period .If anyone knows of an elderly relative or neighbour who is unaware of these of groups or events organised they should help them make contact with the group in their local area.

"Taking those five minutes out to call with an elderly relative or neighbour and asking is there anything they need, want, can make a world of difference." ENDS

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