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Spare Some Time To ‘Knock on your Neighbour’ this Christmas

Please support the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) campaign and spare some time to call in on at least one elderly relative or neighbour during the Christmas break to make sure they are keeping well and warm throughout the festive period.

For some, the television is the nearest they get to human interaction on Christmas Day. The NACC believes the most valuable Christmas present you can give this year might simply be a visit to an older person and check they are healthy and happy.

Last winter 81% of the total number of deaths recorded between December 2009 and March 2010 were pensioners. Of the 25,400 adults who died from cold related deaths during the last bitter winter, 20,600 were aged 75 and over, meaning last year’s winter months saw nine pensioners needlessly dying every hour.

This winter is set to be even worse than the last, with reports predicting the big freeze lasting well into the New Year. More snow and ice could mean we see these grim figures increase even further.

Key things to look out for when you ‘Knock on Your Neighbour’ include:

  • Are they keeping warm?
    • Check they are wearing several thin layers of clothes rather than one thick layer
  • Are they keeping their home warm?
    • Make sure at least the main room in the house is well heated
  • Are they eating well?
  • Check they have had at least one hot meal a day and hot drinks regularly through the day

Derek Johnson, Chairman of the NACC explains: “For those elderly people who live on their own Christmas can seem just like any other day. Many older people aren’t able to put up decorations or cook a traditional Christmas dinner.  For some, the television is the nearest they get to human interaction on Christmas Day. The NACC believes the most valuable Christmas present you can give this year might simply be a visit to an older person and check they are healthy and happy.”

For the press release follow: http://www.jagpresspublicity.co.uk/articles/spare-some-time-to-%E2%80%98knock-on-your-neighbour%E2%80%99-this-christmas

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