27/10/18Clocks go back

Clocks go back

With the clocks going back one-hour tonight, we look at what impact this may have to vulnerable and elderly people in the community.

Why do the clocks go back?

The main purpose of the clocks going back (or forward for British Summer Time) is to make better use of daylight.

Benjamin Franklin (the inventor of this concept) suggested if people got up earlier and when it was lighter, this would save on the use of candles.

The changing of clocks began in 1916 when the Government passed the Summer Time Act in 1916, during the First World War.

Should this change?

Some people criticise the twice-yearly change, saying it can cause long-term health problems, especially amongst young children and the elderly.

Others argue that making the switch to give extra morning daylight in the winter and evening light in the summer can help reduce traffic accidents and save energy.

We recommend looking out for your elderly relatives and neighbours. Sometimes the change can leave people feeling depressed and confined to their homes. A simple knock on the door to check they’re ok may brighten up their day.

Saga’s monthly poll of 13,000 50+ adults, found that two thirds were in favour of switching to Central European Time to avoid the disruption and isolation they experience during the dark days of winter.

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