Lagan Valley MLA Jenny Palmer, UUP spokesperson on Infrastructure, has called on the entire community “to become the eyes and ears of the elderly during the current heatwave and unpredictable weather”.
Mrs Palmer said there was a false perception that elderly friends, relatives and neighbours only needed to be monitored health-wise in terms of weather conditions during the winter cold snaps.
“We are experiencing some of the hottest weather this year and there is a danger that some elderly people could suffer because of the heat,” she said. “I am appealing to the community to rally round the elderly during these very warm summer months and become their eyes and ears so that this important section of society does not become a forgotten sector.
“Many of these elderly folk have given a lifetime of service to their community.”