As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold, leaving us more susceptible to health problems. However, with a little preparation, you and your loved ones can stay healthy and safe during the winter.

Why is cold weather a problem?

When the temperature drops to below 8C, some people are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, flu, pneumonia, falls or hypothermia. Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.

Warning Signs

  • Cold skin that is pale or ashy

  • Feeling very tired, confused and sleepy

  • Feeling weak

  • Problems walking

  • Slowed breathing or heart rate

  • Note that shivering is not a reliable indicator because older people tend to shiver less or not at all when their body temperature drops

How to Avoid

  • Avoid staying outside for very long periods

  • If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F) 

  • Stay dry because wet clothing chills your body more quickly

  • Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but don't use both at the same time

  • Have at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly

  • Wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth when outdoors. If you have a heart or respiratory problem, stay indoors during very cold weather

  • Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts

  • Get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional

Help with heating costs

If you were born on or before 5 August 1953 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a Winter Fuel Payment.

If you're worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am-7pm every day). If you think you or someone else is experiencing hypothermia, call your local GP or 111 straight away!

I hope these few tips will help you and your family stay warm and safe during the winter! Please do never hesitate to contact our Care Team via chat, phone or email for help or advice!

With love and Care,

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