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LOCKDWN has eased a little as we move slowly along the roadmap to normality – but only for some people. A charity is asking that we bear in mind those for whom strict lockdown is still essential as Covid-19's threat lingers. Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Independent Age, says: "After more than two months of staying at home, many people in Scotland took full advantage of the nice weather last weekend, and are now able to meet up outdoors in small groups. "A huge number of people, however, especially those who are older and vulnerable, will have to continue to stay at home owing to health or mobility reasons, or because they're worried about mixing with the general population again." She says that Independent Age, an older people's charity, is calling on people not to forget those who need to continue self-isolating. "We urge them to stay in touch with friends, family and neighbours who need to remain at home, as well as those who live alone or have no family or friends, and those who feel lonely." Independent Age's polling found that 89pc of people aged 65 and over say their social contact has reduced significantly since the lockdown started. Even before the pandemic, more than one million older people said they were always or often lonely. Says Miss Alsina: "Now that many of us have had a taste of how this feels, we must do all we can to help everyone stay connected. "As a charity, we have created a range of ideas and materials to help support older people and their families throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including information about staying connected and staying safe and well in the lockdown." Independent Age's advice relating to coronavirus can be viewed at independentage.org/covid-19

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