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Author: Age UK
Published on 10 January 2017 12:00 PM

Age UK has issued a warning over the cold temperatures set to hit most parts of the country towards the end of this week.

  • Temperatures forecast to fall to freezing across the country
  • The cold can have a devastating impact on health in later life
  • Age UK is urging people to wrap up warm and take sensible precautions to keep safe and well.

How does the cold affect health?

Older people are particularly vulnerable to the impact of low temperatures.

As we get older, it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for people's health. The cold can also increase blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

Cold Weather Alerts

Visit our Cold Weather Alerts page for updates and warnings on cold weather conditions issued by the Met Office. 

Top tips for staying well and warm this winter

To limit the risk of cold-related health problems during cold weather, follow these steps:

1. Monitor room temperatures. 64°F is the ideal temperature for your bedroom and 70°F is the ideal temperature for your living room.

2. Keep windows closed. Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections, so make sure your bedroom window is shut at night.

3. Stay active. Get up if you've been indoors and sitting still for more than an hour.

4. Eat well. This is particularly important in the winter. Have at least one hot meal a day as well as regular hot drinks. Also stock up on basic food items in case you can't get out during a cold snap. 

Download the Winter Wrapped Up guide

Winter wrapped up

Age UK's guide offers practical information on cold weather preparations, tips for staying healthy, ways to improve energy efficiency and advice on how to keep warm inside and outside the home. There's also a section on benefits and concessions older people may be entitled to.

You can also pick up a guide by calling Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565 or by contacting your local Age UK.

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081