Start-ups step up to help communities

Authored by Mary

The UK has witnessed a wave of unprecedented change: school closures, work-from-home, self-isolation, supermarket stockpiling and increased pressure on hospitals. On the flipside, amongst uncertainty, fear and worry, the UK has also seen communities and businesses ​step up and show their solidarity like never before​. From NHS discounts to free online gym-classes, Yoopies, the largest online...

Stagecoach extends free bus travel for Devon's elderly and vulnerable

Authored by Mary

Stagecoach is working with local authorities to temporarily relax time restrictions on concessionary travel to allow earlier access to bus services

Bus company Stagecoach South West has announced that it is working in partnership with local authorities to temporarily relax time restrictions on concessionary travel across Devon to allow travel for the elderly and vulnerable early in...

Elderly urged to sign up to Cold Weather Priority

Authored by News Desk

As we start 2019, weather forecasters have said the UK could see another Beast From The East and, liquid fuels trade association The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is urging elderly people age 75+, using heating oil, to sign up to the Cold Weather Priority initiative, as it responds to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics which show an estimated 50,100 excess...

Elderly pedestrian seriously injured in Plymouth collision

Authored by News Desk

An elderly woman has been seriously injured following a collision on Thursday 11 January 2018 on North Prospect Road in Plymouth.

Officers were notified at around 6.30pm to a collision involving an 81-year-old female pedestrian and a silver Ford Ka.

The woman was taken to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries where she currently remains.

The Ford Ka, driven by a man...

Police appeal for witnesses after elderly woman dies following Plymouth crash

Authored by News Desk

An 86-year-old woman has died following a single-vehicle collision in Plymouth last week.

Emergency services were called at 2.30pm on Thursday 28 September after a silver Vauxhall Corsa collided with a wall on Royal Navy Avenue in Keyham.

Both occupants from the car were taken to Derriford Hospital. The driver, a 63-year-old woman from Kingsbridge, sustained minor injuries....

Tips for helping the elderly keep warm this winter

Authored by News Desk

As we get older, we react differently to the cold and become much more vulnerable during the winter months. Many are not aware of the serious effects the cooler temperatures can have on an elderly person’s health, such as increasing the chance of chest infections, as well as related health problems including heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. In fact, in a recent article, Professor Mike...

Electrical checks for the elderly this winter

Authored by News Desk

The UK’s leading registration body for electricians is urging people to think electrics when they carry out their checks on the elderly this winter.

Research commissioned by the NICEC found that 24 million of us have elderly relatives living on their own.

Despite half (50%) of us believing the elderly are more at risk of electrical fires, 75% of us haven’t had their homes...

Rogue traders plead guilty to fraud

Authored by News Desk

Two rogue traders have pleaded guilty to fraud at Newton Abbot Magistrates Court following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards.

Bryan Ferren, aged 38 and Kevin Hogg aged 41, both of Clifton Court, Clifton Road, Paignton, admitted to conning over £70,000 out of 17 elderly Devon residents over a 13 month period.

The court heard how, between November 2012 and...

Help change the lives of lonely 90-year-olds

Authored by Sarah Parker

As the nation celebrates the Queen’s birthday thousands more 90-year-olds will have no cakes or parties to look forward to.

They spend their days alone with no one to talk to and nothing to look forward to except a call from their Silver Line Friend.

As the only national, free and confidential helpline for older people that’s open day and night, The Silver Line helpline has...

Elderly man's home burgled in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

Police are appealing for information after a man called at an 81-year-old male victim’s home in Northampton Close, Whitleigh, and took his jacket and wallet containing cash.

The man had visited previously when selling some clothing and returned on Wednesday 30 December 2015 between 6.30pm and 6.45pm.

On this occasion the man entered the hallway when the victim answered the door...


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