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Neighbours 'need to do their bit to help the depressed'

Neighbours 'need to do their bit to help the depressed'
24th December 2008

Elderly people are particularly prone to suffering from depression at this time of year, one charity warns, so taking steps to help out can make all the difference.

According to Age Concern, many older people dread the festive season, which for some triggers depression, with one publication offering advice on how to help out.

Glasgow's Daily Record says that paying an elderly neighbour a visit can make all the difference.

"Offer to clear paths if they are iced up or covered in snow. Being stuck indoors can lead to depression," it states.

Furthermore, offering to take round some hot food could be a good way of checking the person is alright, the paper adds.

It was announced earlier this year that This Morning's Help the Aged Christmas Appeal had raised £132,575 for Age Concern.

The appeal lasted a fortnight, with the total revealed by the show's hosts at a party held at the studios on December 12th.

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