On their own

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After the long Christmas break with family, many people will have felt refreshed and ready to return to work.

However, charity Independent Age has already received a number of calls from concerned relatives of older people worried about how their loved ones are coping at home on their own.

That’s why we want to make sure Mail readers know about the range of free Wise guides they can access.

These offer expert advice to older people, their families and carers.

There are five Wise guides in total.

One of these is the Extra help at home guide, which provides tips on how to live independently as an older person, including how to get help with every day tasks such as shopping, finding a cleaner, how to find out what benefits you might be entitled to, and how to make your home safer.

Anyone in the North East can order a free copy of Extra help at home or any of the other Independent Age Wise guides, by calling Freephone 0800 319 6789 or ordering online at www.independentage.org.

The Wise guides are also available to download via the Independent Age website.

Lucy Harmer,

Director of Services,

Independent Age,

Avonmore Road,

London.