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elderly lady with Christmas gift

While there are various positive aspects and associations related to the festive period, Christmastime can also result in loneliness becoming clearer for people to see. The Mental Health Foundation has found that 19.7 per cent of people aged 16 years old and above across the UK showed symptoms of depression or anxiety in 2014, while the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were five per cent of adults throughout England alone who reported feeling lonely either ‘often’ or ‘always’ in 2016 to 2017. 

If you feel lonely, the festive season can be a time of year that is met with dread. This is because they could see the holiday season as a time of the year where they witness those around them getting reacquainted with loved ones, with these instances likely to make their feelings of emotional isolation more profound. 

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Staff dressed up for elf day

ELVES were running around a Tyneside care home spreading Christmas cheer and raising funds for the fight against dementia. Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, near Newcastle, took part in The Alzheimer’s Society’s annual Elf Day.

Staff and residents’ family members all dressed as Santa’s helpers for the day.

The residents enjoyed watching Elf, among other Christmas movies, singing carols, playing a Name The Elf game and tucking into a selection of cakes.

Lynda Jones, daughter of resident Joan Welsh, baked pumpkin cake and iced lime cake for the occasion.

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Father Christmas with his elf

FATHER Christmas made an appearance at a Chester-le-Street care home’s festive fayre – helping to raise over £1,000 for residents.

The event at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, attracted dozens of visitors, including family and friends of residents and staff.

Santa’s grotto, jewellery and bric-a-brac stalls, homemade Christmas cards, cakes and hotdogs all helped raise £1,016.

The money will be added to the residents’ fund, which helps pay for events, activities and outings throughout the year.

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