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Ways to keep well this winter

Published on 12 January 2022 02:03 PM

Winter can bring extra challenges to keeping well. It may be tough, but there are things we can do to help to keep us well.

1. Flu jab
Get your free flu vaccine if you are aged 50 and over or a carer from your GP or local pharmacy. Make sure you check which other winter vaccines you are eligible for.

2. If you’re worried about your health – get it checked out.
If you have a health concern speak to your GP. You can also call 111 or go to your local pharmacy. Putting things off can make things worse so if you have concerns, get it sorted.

3. Ask for help
Winter can be hard, don’t be afraid to ask for help whether from friend or family or Age UK, we are here to help. 

4. Keep your spirits up
If you are struggling to keep your spirits up, you are not alone. Talking to friends and family about how you are coping can help, but if you’ve been feeling low for a while and are struggling to cope speak to your GP.

5. Keep moving and eat well
Try not to sit still for more than one hour at a time. Moving even a little bit can help you to keep strength and mobility.

Eating and drinking enough is also important. If you are finding it difficult to prepare and eat three big meals, try smaller ones throughout the day. Age UK can give you advice if you are concerned about weight loss or mobility.

6. Make sure your home is warm enough
It is best to heat your home to a comfortable temperature throughout the day and you may be spending more time in your home this year, which may put an extra strain on your finance. If money worries are preventing you from heating your home properly, your local Age UK may be able to help make sure you are getting all the support you can.

If you are worried about someone’s health call 111. If it is an emergency or you think they are in danger call 999, or 112 from a mobile.

For more tips, advice and ways to get support this winter, ring our Advice Line on 0161 833 3944. The line is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/winter or call the Age UK Advice Line free on 0800 678 1602 (8:00am-7:00pm, 365 days a year).