It goes without saying that the pandemic has been hard for us all but the elderly have been impacted in ways that we perhaps have overlooked. With the effects of loneliness, isolation and limited access to the technology that we have been using, it has been very difficult for these members of our community. I can only imagine the frustration and at times sadness of not being able to meet up with family and friends either at home or abroad. Age NI provide a check-in-and-chat telephone facility for the over 60’s in Northern Ireland who feel isolated and hopefully this can bring some reassurance, support and signposting to other local services.

Jay Macquarrie