Helpline available for older people

Older people in Brechin, who feel lonely, or face difficulties over the Christmas holiday are being encouraged to phone a free helpline - Silver Line Scotland - delivered by Age Scotland in partnership with The Silver Line.

The service, available by phoning 0800 4 70 80 90, will be taking calls all day, every day, during the holiday period and throughout 2014, offering friendship and advice.

Age Scotland Chief Executive Brian Sloan said: “Loneliness can hit hard at this time of year, with older people who live alone, or who have caring responsibilities, being particularly vulnerable.

“Callers to Silver Line Scotland will be greeted by someone who is friendly and helpful, and who understands that there’s no shame or stigma in admitting that you feel lonely.

“But the service is also there for older people, and their friends, families and carers, who just want practical advice and information.”

Topics that Silver Line Scotland can assist with include welfare benefits, community care, home safety and repairs, accessing health services and information about local groups and services for older people.

The Charity also publishes ‘hot tips,’ a free 2014 calendar that offers information, and advice to help older people stay safe, well and comfortable all year round.

Calendars are available in libraries, GP’s surgeries and from some MSP’s constituency offices.

If you have an older neighbour, who you think might need an extra hand during the holiday period, let them know you are there if needed.

Check with your local authority for the latest information and advice during severe weather, and pass it on - you could also help clear ice and snow from pathways.

Take a note of their phone number, if they are willing to share it, so that it’s easy to offer to assist with grocery shopping or essential tasks.

For more information about Silver Line Scotland visit www.thesilverline.org.uk.