Why is it so important to keep warm?
As we get older it takes longer for us to warm up, which is bad for our health. Cold weather can be harmful, especially for people who are 65 or older. The lower temperatures can mean you’re more likely to pick up common winter illnesses, such as colds or flu, or make existing conditions worse.
The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure.
- Blood pressure - takes longer to return to normal in older people who have been exposed to the cold.
- High blood pressure - puts us at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke.
- Know your numbers – you can have your blood pressure checked at your local pharmacy for free.
Winter warmth: You can stay well this winter by keeping warm.
Handy hints for keeping warm indoors and out