Taboos of later life to be tackled at Elder Voice event

George Higgs, chairman of Scottish Borders Elder Voice
George Higgs, chairman of Scottish Borders Elder Voice

A NATIONAL charity has joined forces with Scottish Borders Elder Voice (SBEV) to help locals people prepare for their future in later life.

Age Scotland is helping put on a free event titled ‘Afore Ye Go’ at Hawick Town Hall at 10am next Wednesday.

The event will offer insight into some of the challenging topics facing people as they grow older, such as living wills, power of attorney, care costs and funerals.

George Higgs, SBEV chairman, said: “For some time we’ve been aware of the need for such an event and are delighted to be working with Age Scotland to host it.

“We believe that much of the anxiety felt by older people over making plans for when they are no longer around can be eliminated through addressing it head on and providing clear and simple information.”

There will be speakers from Age Scotland, Solicitors for Older People Scotland, the NHS and Police Scotland. A local funeral director will also be on hand to offer insights into options available.

Logan Steele from Age Scotland said: “We hope that this event will encourage more older Borders residents to start thinking about planning for their future and tackling this taboo.”