Top tips for keeping warm and well
Cold weather can be bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 and older. As we age it takes longer to warm up, which raises the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
There are easy things you can do to help yourself stay healthy over the winter:
- Keep warm. Heat your home to at least 18°(65°F). You may prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. Keep your bedroom window closed on a winter’s night. Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
- Get financial support .There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. View the Keep Warm Keep Well booklet online to learn more.
- Look after yourself. Contact your GP to get your free flu jab. Don’t delay in getting treatment for minor winter ailments like colds or sore throats. Layer your clothing whether you are indoors or outside. Wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. When you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour or so. Have your heating and cooking appliances checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure they are operating safely. Contact your water and power suppliers to see if you can be on the Priority Services Register, a service for older and disabled people.
Download the leaflet for more advice and information.