She is still recording and enjoys reading the scripts, occasionally editing them to better suit her role. She has said that if she closes her eyes she can feel any age, and that should be true of all of us if we have that mindset.
At Morton Fraser we offer a wide range of services to older clients who live alone or who are considering a move to care, and we always encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves.
I was taken by a recent story of how isolation among older people is handled in Finland, where people often live in remote communities. Care can be provided virtually by a simple tablet in the person's home linked to a central office where a care co-ordinator is able to see what is happening, check that meals are being delivered, and eaten, and if there are any issues a call to a local social worker can be made quickly. The person can link in to other clients which gives them a sense of community and wellbeing. Where once the thought of any device in a person's home other than a landline might have been a challenge it is now becoming the norm.
In Scotland, 100,000 older people feel lonely all or most of the time. 200,000 will go half a week without a visit or call from anyone. Loneliness increases the risk of stress, anxiety and depression and doubles the risk of dementia. Loneliness can occur at different ages and stages; however many of the triggers tend to congregate in later life due to life changes such as bereavement, retirement, moving to a new area, illness or children moving away from home.
But it's not all doom and gloom, much like the Finnish approach, there are services in Scotland that exist to tackle this very issue head on. Age Scotland has a community connecting programme which helps make contact with services that offer friendship, social activities, health and fitness and events.
Here at Morton Fraser we too offer a service to our older clients that isn't just about organising the legal side of later life. We have two dedicated members of staff who provide that bit extra be it heading to the shops to buy almost anything that's required to sorting out a tangled basket of knitting wool over a cup of tea.
We believe that this approach to service means that we look at the whole person and their needs, not just someone's legal needs.