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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's 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. Why not download our myth-busting guide ‘Don’t leave yourself in the cold this winter’ (available below).

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The effects that cold weather can have on an older person's health

Cold weather causes a massive increase in associated health problems.

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Pneumonia
  • Depression
  • Worsening arthritis
  • Increased accidents at home – such as falls and burns (associated with loss of strength and dexterity in the hands).

Spread the word, spread the warmth

Help us to get the word out to older people on how to keep warm, safe and well during winter. Download (from below) and display posters at your local library, community group or other winter themed event.

Keep warm, keep safe, keep well

  • 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 at night

Further information

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444

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