Public urged to call in on their elderly neighbours

WALSALL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08:  A pensioner holds his walking stick on September 8, 2014 in Walsall, England. Britain is facing multiple problems stemming from an increase in the elderly proportion of its population, including increasing health care costs, strains on its social security system, a shortage of senior care workers and challenges to the employment market.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Age Action is encouraging the Donegal public to visit older neighbours this Christmas

The organisation points out that Christmas can be a difficult time for some older people, especially those living alone, those whose families have emigrated, the bereaved, and those who may be house-bound.

Gerard Scully of Age Action says that One-in-three older people in Ireland live alone and many may appreciate a visit over the holiday period: