For many people the run up to Christmas is a joyous time; present buying, Christmas parties and the thought of having a lot of time off work to spend with their family. However, this can also be a sad and lonely time for elderly people. Their family may not be close by or they are estranged from them and feel too much pride to say that they are lonely.
At this time of year there are several charities that are helping elderly people feel less isolated. They are encouraging younger people to visit their elderly family members and neighbours; by cooking for them, making sure they are keeping warm and in some cases encouraging them to invite the elderly person to their home or taking them Christmas events.
Christmas is about love and this is meant for people of all ages.
"Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings."