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Winter can be a difficult time for the over 65’s. Health
problems such as rheumatism and hypothermia can deteriorate with the colder
weather. According to Age UK, one very common concern is keeping warm. Age
UK recommend these tips help you keep warm during winter:
NHS England advises the over 65’s wear several layers
of light clothes rather than one bulky layer. Warm air is trapped between
the layers of clothing, helping you to keep warm.
Staying as active as you can around the home will also
help. Even moderate exercise can help and it’s best not to sit still for
more than an hour or so.
You should also keep doors and windows closed and eliminate
drafts where possible. Try to keep your home heated to at least 18c (65F).
Heating your home can be expensive, but there is help available. Advice
is available in the Government’s “Keep
Warm Keep Well” booklet,
Winter does not mean you should never go outside. However,
the risk of falling is far higher in wet or icy weather. Aching joints,
stiffness and arthritic problems can also lead to immobility, making it
more difficult to move around safely.
If you're going out, wear shoes with a good grip to prevent
slips and falls. Only go out if absolutely necessary when it’s icy or snowing
outside. And if you have steps outside the house, think about installing
an outdoor stairlift.
Making sure you eat properly is also crucial to staying
well. Food is a vital source of energy which helps to keep your body warm.
Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
A warm bowlful of porridge is an excellent way to start a winter’s day.
Porridge oats boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, give you energy,
help you feel fuller for longer and contain lots of essential vitamins and
According to official government figures, there were
27% more deaths during the winter months of 2014/15 than for the rest of
the year, most of them among the 75+ age group. Many of those could have
been avoided by taking the right measures to keep warm and stay well.
Please exercise common sense when considering the tips
above and whether to take any of the steps that may be suggested in it.
Whilst we have taken reasonable care to ensure that any information is accurate
and complete, most of the information in this guide is based on our views
and opinions. As a result, we cannot make any promises about the accuracy
or the completeness of the information and we don't accept any responsibility
for the results of your reliance on it.
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