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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Think of elderly as Christmas approaches says county

Denbighshire Social Services is encouraging communities to consider the needs of people who are vulnerable this winter.

As the weather gets colder and days are getting shorter, vulnerable people may suffer from poor health and may need some help in their everyday activities. 

Families, friends and neighbours are encouraged to support older people and others who are vulnerable with every day tasks, such as shopping. A friendly call or an occasional visit to see that everything is well is also important. 

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Health and Well-being, who is also the Older People's Champion, said: “Healthy eating can improve the quality of life over the winter months and can help protect against illness. Keeping warm is also extremely important and at least one room at home should be properly heated and people should also wear enough clothes to maintain body heat.

“Of course, it’s important to keep an eye on the vulnerable all year round and a friendly call or an occasional visit to see that everything is well can make a world of difference to the health and well-being of individuals."

If you are concerned about the well-being of an older person or someone who is vulnerable due to ill health or disability, you should contact Social Services on 01824 712900.

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