Spread the Warmth
Published on 29 December 2015 11:11 AM
Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes - that's 200 deaths a day that could be prevented. Spread the Warmth is Age UK's campaign to help older people stay well during winter.
How does cold weather affect older people? Is the cold a major cause of hypothermia or is that a myth? Professor James Goodwin, Head of Research at Age UK explains how older people are affected by cold weather and what we and professionals working with older people can do to support them.
Services at Age UK Dacorum to help older people in winter
- Free information and advice to ease financial worries, and help older people to feel warm and well. Call our information line on 01442 259049
- Our handyperson scheme provide help for energy services, like fitting draft excluders and radiator foils, as well as help with practical tasks around the home
- We providebefriending services to help fight loneliness
How you can help Spread the Warmth
We rely on your donations to ensure we can continue to run our services and help older people keep warm and well this winter.
£10 could buy one winter warmth pack – including a hot water bottle, thermal hat and socks, blanket, thermos flask and torch – to help vulnerable older people through the coldest months of the year
£20 could pay for an older person to spend a day at one of our Active Living Club and enjoy a hot lunch, activities and chance to meet friends
£50 could buy 2 emergency heaters for an older person at serious risk of the cold, because of broken heating