Can you help? Appeal from Age UK
With the overs 70s urged to self-isolate, the coronavirus crisis is bringing even greater isolation to many older people in our society
AGE UK has launched a £10M emergency coronavirus appeal to help fund its vital services for older people. Many face months of worry and isolation during the current health crisis.
Age UK has already seen a 30% increase in demand to its advice line, while The Silver Line has experienced a 40% increase in calls from older people who are deeply anxious, depressed and in desperate need of reassurance and friendship.
As well as appealing for funds, Age UK is encouraging everyone who can to be a good neighbour to those around them by providing simple, immediate assistance for older people who are confined to their homes. There are simple things everyone can do right now to help:
- Keep in touch: phone your older relatives and friends to ask what they need – set up a rota with family and friends to make sure someone is regularly checking on them.
- Lend a hand: if you’re feeling well, offer to pick up shopping for an older neighbour. Remember that when you offer to go to the shops and when you drop off any shopping, you need to knock on the door and step 2 metres back first. Leave any bags on the doorstep making sure they safely receive them.
- Share these numbers: for practical information and advice, Age UK Advice: 0800 169 65 65. For a cheerful chat, day or night, The Silver Line: 0800 470 80 90
- Show you care: make homemade cards (a great project for kids), send postcards, write letters or even post small gifts to keep people’s spirits up.
To donate to Age UK’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal please visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/coronaappeal – online donations are the most effective way to reach the most in need at this time.