Age Scotland, the national older peoples’ charity, is teaming up with Parliamentarians across Scotland to support the distribution of its annual ‘Hot Tips’ Calendar as part of its winter campaign. Each month, the calendar looks at issues to help older people get prepared for winter, stay connected in their communities and keep healthy. This year, more than 80,000 copies have been produced.
Ciaran McDonald, Age Scotland Policy Officer, said: “This year’s ‘Hot Tips’ is packed with useful information that will be of interest to older people throughout the year. We explore how to make your home comfortable, safe and warm as well as how to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy, through activities such as adult learning and walking football. We also provide other practical information that could help you save money thanks to contributions from national partners including Citizens Advice Scotland and Transport Scotland. There’s also information about Silver Line Scotland, our partnership with The Silver Line charity, which provides information, advice and telephone friendship, that overall support Scotland’s older people to live independently at home for as long as possible.”
The calendar, funded by the Scottish Government, includes features from our partner organisations – Housing Options Scotland, Stroke Association, Trading Standards Scotland, Care & Repair Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Citizens Advice Scotland, Transport Scotland and a joint partnership of SP Energy Networks and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution.
Stuart McMillan SNP MSP stated:
Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ calendar is an excellent resource for older people and I would encourage my constituents to pick up their free copy.
“With winters becoming increasingly severe in Scotland, it’s important that people prepare for what can happen, and Age Scotland’s ‘Hot Tips’ contain everything you need to know
“Copies of the calendar can be collected at my office, 4 Argyle Street, Greenock, or if unable to attend please contact my office on 01475 720 930 and we will make a copy available.”
Further Notes :
The Hot Tips Guide for Staying Safe, Secure and Connected in winter is an information tool for older people. It forms a compendium of useful information about how older people might prepare for and get through the winter months, with details of who to contact for advice on health, income and benefits, heating and energy efficiency measures to help to reduce fuel bills and also ways to connect with your local communities.
Reference for statistics & information
“Pensioner households and single pensioner households remain the most vulnerable to fuel poverty. Latest figures from the Scottish Government highlight that two thirds of single pensioner households (66 per cent or 258,000) and almost half of pensioner couples (46 per cent or 181,000) live in fuel poverty.”
Staying connected with our communities is also vital for the health of Scotland’s older people. With 100,000 older people feeling lonely most or all of the time, tackling loneliness is fast becoming one of the biggest health issues of the day. Indeed, research has shown that loneliness is as bad for you as a fifteen-a-day smoking habit and twice as bad as obesity. It harms mental health and doubles the risk of dementia.
Older people who need advice on staying warm and connected this winter can call Silver Line Scotland on 0800 4 70 80 90 or contact their local council to see what help is being provided.
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