Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented: “Christmas can be one of the loneliest times of the year for some older people. However, we need to remember that the loneliness felt at Christmas continues throughout the winter, and many older people will begin the new year by themselves.
“There are more than 100,000 older people across Ireland who are struggling with loneliness and Christmas is just one of many long nights throughout the winter months which can be particularly difficult. We can all be guilty of getting caught up in the build up to Christmas as we reunite with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some older people may not have these connections to spend the festive season with.”
There are a number of ways the public can help an older person, starting with reaching out to an older person for a conversation. However, the charity is urging the public not to forget about the older people in their lives after the festive season.