Remaining warm both inside and outside your home and eating well can help reduce your risk of serious health problems.

As you get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for your health. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

The magic numbersKeeping warm

  1. The ideal temperature is 64°F (18°C) for your bedroom and 70°F (21°C) for your living room. Check your thermostat or use a room thermometer to monitor temperature, and keep your bedroom window shut on a winter’s night.
  2. Use a hot-water bottle, wheat bag or electric blanket to warm the bed, but never use a hot-water bottle and electric blanket together as this can be dangerous.
  3. Wear several thin layers of clothing as these trap air and keep you warmer than one thick layer.
  4. Have your heating system serviced and your chimney swept, or ask your landlord to do this if it’s their responsibility. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and never block air vents as fires and heaters need good ventilation.

Our Winter Wrapped up guide has more information on keeping warm in the winter.


Eating well

  1. Make sure you have at least one hot meal a day and regular hot drinks.
  2. Include a variety of foods in your diet to get the nutrients that you need.
  3. Keep basic food items in your cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping.

Our free guide Healthy eating has more advice on eating well.