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Winter health resource

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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.

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Why not download our myth-busting guide ‘Don’t leave yourself in the cold this winter’

The magic numbers

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 and display our 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
  • Hawgrymiadau defnyddiol

Myth-busting leaflet

Poster - ideal temperature for your bedroom - English

Poster - ideal temperature for your bedroom - Welsh

Poster - ideal temperature for your living room - English

Poster - ideal temperature for your living room - Welsh

Poster - keep your bedroom windows shut on a winter's night - English

Poster - keep your bedroom windows shut on a winter's night - Welsh

Room thermometer

Winter wrapped up guide

Yn gynnes dros y gaeaf

You can download other guides and factsheets from our list of publications

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

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