Isolation at Christmas 'can cause depression'

Individuals can help to improve the care of their elderly friends and family members during the winter just by making sure they have regular contact with them.

This is the opinion of Richard Furze, Friends of the Elderly's chief executive, who stated that older people often feel particularly isolated during the Christmas period.  

He believes that it is important the elderly feel "human warmth" as well as physical warmth, as studies have shown that there is a correlation between isolation and bad health.

If people take the time to visit elderly loved ones during the festive period then they are less likely to become depressed at Christmas, as it is a time when "people think back to bereavement and times when they have been happy," Mr Furze added.

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