Macdonald pledges support for Age Scotland campaign
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has pledged his support to Age Scotland’s campaign to tackle loneliness among older people this Christmas.
Figures released by Age Scotland as part of its campaign ‘No-one should have no- one at Christmas’ show that 40,000 older people will spend Christmas Day alone, while 1 in 10 feel lonely most or all of the time.
Lewis Macdonald said:
“It’s very sad to think that there are older people in our communities who will be alone this Christmas, and who have no-one to share these special occasions. Age Scotland is trying to change this: help them to help an older person this festive season and support its ‘No-one should have no-one at Christmas’ campaign.
The effect of loneliness can be damaging to the health of older people, and Age Scotland is encouraging everyone to recognise the risks of loneliness and reach out to their older family members, friends and neighbours.
“Anyone who finds themselves alone this Christmas can always contact Silver Line Scotland, a free, 24-hour service, providing information, advice and friendship.”
As the festive season approaches Age Scotland is calling on people to remember those facing Christmas alone and help make a difference to older people’s lives by donating £5 today and texting ‘LONE15 £5’ to 700701 to help an older person receive vital benefits advice to help with money worries. The charity is also asking everyone to check in on older neighbours, relatives and friends, and take part in an online campaign to raise awareness of the issue on social media.
To help Age Scotland support lonely older people, and to find out how to help by donating, volunteering or signing its petition calling on Government to take action, go to: www.agescotland.org.uk.
Alternatively, anyone who is alone this Christmas can give Silver Line Scotland a call. It’s free and an adviser will be happy to talk 24 hours a day - just call 0800 4