We urgently need your support to help the most vulnerable older people weather this storm.
Around 1 million older households are living in fuel poverty
3.1 million older people find it harder to manage their health conditions in the winter
3.9 million older people feel loneliest in the winter
Being alone for most of the day during the pandemic was making 94-year-old Connie feel incredibly isolated. She finds it difficult to go out on her own and has found the last year “scary as hell”.
“Hour after hour of not talking to anyone. It can be so harmful. I’ve learnt over time, it’s no good talking to the walls. They don’t listen and they never reply.”
Connie’s daughter encouraged her to get in touch with Age UK, and she now looks forward to the ‘bright spark’ of a call from her telephone friend, Hayley, every week.
Right now, an older person near to you could be wondering how they’ll cope.
It could be the neighbour you haven’t seen for a while, or the woman who always waves at the window – your gift could help give advice, friendship and a voice to older people in your community who may feel anxious and forgotten about. Older people face a crisis of isolation and ill-health without our support.
This winter, and beyond, Age UK’s services will be more vital than ever.
Donate now and help the UK’s most vulnerable older people this winter.
If you or someone you know needs support, Age UK is here for you. Call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 169 6565, 8am to 7pm, every day of the year, or find information and advice on our website.