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Author: Age NI
Published on 18 January 2013 04:00 PM

Charity Age NI is urging older people to take extra precautions to stay safe and well over the coming days. 

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive said, 'Freezing temperatures and snow could pose a risk to the health and wellbeing of many older people in the coming days.

'We are urging everyone to protect themselves by taking simple steps to stay healthy and safe, such as closing the bedroom window at night, keeping room temperature at 70°F (21°c) if at home during the day, and eating warm and nutritious meals.

'It’s important to keep as active as possible in the cold but if people do venture outside, wrapping up well in plenty of layers and wearing warm shoes or boots with non-slip soles is essential, and keeping a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps or paths in icy weather is advised.

'It’s also really important that we all Spread the Warmth this winter by checking in on older friends, relatives and neighbours regularly, making sure paths are cleared and shopping is bought if needed.'

Age NI has produced Winter Wrapped Up, a guide for older people to staying warm, well and in touch this winter. Copies can be downloaded from the website, collected from a local library, or by calling 028 9024 5729. 

There are lots of ways to help Age NI Spread the Warmth this winter. People can make a donation online or simply by calling 028 9024 5729.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575