Groups to get friendly with OAPs

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The Charity Age Scotland is calling on community groups and schools in Edinburgh to join its campaign to end isolation among older people.

In the run-up to the council elections on May 3 they are asking the groups to make a map highlighting barriers to older people getting out and about locally, and to use this to sign up local politicians to actions that will make the neighbourhood more age-friendly.

Age Scotland’s free pack, titled Walk in our shoes, Act on our issues, includes all the materials needed for a map.

Local Age Scotland development officer, Doug McLellan, said: “Problems such as broken pavements, poor disabled access, unreliable bus services, closed public toilets and dim street lighting can discourage older people from leaving home.

“Where neighbourhoods are age-unfriendly older people can end up under virtual house arrest, living a lonely and isolated life.”