Event to help the elderly during winter

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An event is taking place to help older people prepare for the winter.

The free ‘Keep Warm, Keep Healthy, Keep Active’ event will bring together organisations to offer practical advice on issues such as using energy efficiently, managing debt, winter fuel payments, fire safety and tips to stay health.

The event will take place at the Oxford Centre, Longbenton, on Wednesday, October 28, from 10am to 3pm.

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “Each winter, many older people face the stark choice between heating and eating.

“Government figures show that the north east has the third highest proportion of people in the UK living in fuel poverty.

“While much has been reported recently about falling wholesale gas and oil prices, the reality for many older people is one of falling income and rising consumer fuel bills.”

Among the organisations attending the event are North Tyneside Council’s Healthy Homes advice team, Northumbria Fire Service and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.

Several of Age UK North Tyneside’s own services will be showcased at the event.

Alma added: “Already we are hearing reports that this winter may be colder and harsher than what we have experienced in recent years.

“We are already hearing from customers who are genuinely concerned and anxious about how they will cope in the cold weather.

“Through this event, we hope to be able to set some minds at rest and offer some much needed support and assistance.

“The event promises to offer something for everyone.

“Alongside the information and advice support, there will also be interactive demonstrations ranging from one-to-one tutorage on how to use fuel comparison websites, through to Tai Chi and Zumba demonstrations.”

For more information on Age UK North Tyneside services call (0191) 280 8484 or email enquiries@ageuknorthtyneside.org.uk