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Winter health resources

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Each winter, one older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold

Research highlights that there is a general lack of awareness of the effects that cold weather can have on an older person’s health. A recent survey showed that many people wrongly believe that hypothermia is the main cause of excess winter death. There is also a belief that leaving a window open at night to let in fresh air is good for your health, whereas the opposite is true – breathing in cold air lowers body temperature and raises the risk of chest infections.

Cold weather causes a massive increase in associated health problems: heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, depression, worsening arthritis and increased accidents at home (associated with loss of strength and dexterity in the hands).

Help us to get the word out to older people. Download and display posters at your local library, community group or other winter themed event.

  • 70°F (21°C) is the ideal temperature for your living room
  • 64°F (18°C) is the ideal temperature for your bedroom
  • Keep your bedroom window shut on at night

Download our winter health posters:

Ideal bedroom temperature (PDF 88 KB)

Ideal living room temperature (PDF 87 KB)

Shut the bedroom window (PDF 138 KB)

Download our recipes for a warmer winter:

Recipes for a warmer winter (PDF 491 KB)

Further information


Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.

You can download other guides in our series from publications

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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