Older people in winter

As we get older, it becomes harder for our bodies to detect how cold we are. The longer we're exposed to the cold, the more at risk we are of heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, depression, worsening arthritis and increased accidents at home (associated with loss of strength and dexterity in the hands).

Protect your health - keep warm in winter

The longer someone is exposed to cold, the more at risk they are of the above effects. That is why Age UK is highlighting the following key messages to encourage older people to protect their health:

  • keep living room temperature at 70 °F (21 °C)
  • keep bedroom at 65 °F (18 °C)
  • keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold

For more advice visit the  Spread the Warmth site which focuses on winter health and warm homes.

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