Independent Age, the charity which tackles older people’s poverty and loneliness through the ‘ABC’ of advice, befriending and campaigning, has launched a new freephone number to accompany its series of free guides for later life.

The Wise Guide series is a free resource for older people; whether you are retired yourself, keeping an eye out for your older relatives, friends or neighbours, or whether you volunteer or work professionally with older people.

At Independent Age we’ve been listening to the needs of older people for over 150 years. We know from experience that older people today face a whole host of different issues, ranging from loneliness and isolation, to bereavement, problems with health, a lack of opportunities and many others.

We believe there is lots of information that older people need but don’t always get, which is why we have put together the Wise Guide series. These comprehensive, concise, free books draw on the knowledge that the team at Independent Age has gained over years of advising older people.

The Wise Guides are packed full with helpful tips, contact numbers, good ideas and valuable insights to help boost your income, find support and stay independent.

We now offer three Wise Guides for over-65s, which are completely free to order, either online at www.independentage.org or by calling the new freephone number, 0800 319 6611.

Wise Guide 1: Advice for later life – support and entitlements for over-65s

Wide Guide 2: Extra help at home – essential advice for over-65s to live independently

Wise Guide 3: Healthy, happy, connected – support and advice for older people living alone

And you can now pre-order Wise Guide 4: Choosing a care home: support and advice to get the best from your move

Praise for the Wise Guides:

“This information is extremely useful, especially as I live alone and far from family.”

“The Wise Guides are so wonderful and could be so helpful in many ways…I have passed mine onto friends and they are delighted.”

“I think Wise Guide is marvelous as it’s usually hard to find the many government departments.”

Pick up your free copies today!

www.independentage.org or 0800 319 6611

Notes to Editor

About Independent Age:

Founded 150 years ago, Independent Age is a growing charity helping older people across the UK and Ireland through the ABC of advice, befriending and campaigning. We offer a national telephone and email advice service focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services, which is supported by a wide range of printed guides and factsheets. This is integrated with on-theground, local support, provided by a network of over 1,500 volunteers offering one-to-one and group befriending.

For more information, visit our website www.independentage.org Speak to an Independent Age adviser for free and confidential advice and information. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 10am - 4pm. Call 0800 319 6789 or email advice@independentage.org

Freephone 0800 numbers:

Calls are normally free of charge from landlines but charges may apply from mobile phones. The operator must make an announcement before the call is connected telling the caller that they will be charged (the announcement does not state the exact charge). Calls from mobiles typically cost between 14p and 40p per minute.

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