Letter: Independent Age

Has a Christmas visit left you worried about an older family member or friend?

Then Independent Age could help.

For many of us it can be difficult to make regular visits to our older relatives - especially if they live far away. For many, Christmas can be one of the few occasions when we do manage to get together with other members of the family.

At this time of year, we get many calls to our advice service from worried relatives who have noticed a deterioration of health or an increase in general frailty in older family members. If a Christmas visit has left you concerned about someone that you care about, but you’re unsure what to do, then we may be able to help.

At the charity Independent Age, we offer free and confidential advice and information for older people, their families and carers. Our team of trained, experienced advice workers

can help you explore your, or a family member’s, situation and look at practical ways you can improve it. We offer advice on the range of care options available – from what social services and the NHS provide, to coping with worsening health and getting help with things you struggle to do day to day. We can also advise you on entitlements to

benefits, support that is available to carers or even managing your money and affairs if

you become too ill to do this yourself.

We also produce up-to-date information guides about the most common issues affecting older people. You can download these for free from our website:

www.independentage.org or order them by phone by calling us on 020 7241 8522.

If you would like to speak to a member of our advice team, phone 0845 262 1863 (local rates apply). Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Victoria Richards

Head of Advice and Support Services, Independent Age