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Keep Warm and Well this Winter

Published on 05 December 2018 11:43 AM

Winter can be an exciting time of year, full of festive cheer as people busy themselves in preparation for the ultimate celebration.  While we can take great pleasure in the crisp air and clear blue skies, for some it can be a challenge keeping warm and cosy during the chilliest of months.

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.  But there are steps you can take to help keep you warmer and healthier this winter. Check out Age UK Norfolk’s top tips below…

Top Tips For Keeping Well and Warm this Winter

  • Staying active is not only essential for your wellbeing and fitness, it also generates heat and helps to keep you warm. When you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour
  • Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time, especially if bad weather is forecast and ask your local pharmacy if they offer a prescription pick-up and delivery service.
  • Wear several thin layers of clothing as these trap air and keep you warmer than one thick layer
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep your radiators and heaters clear of furniture, run the washing machine at a lower temperature and unplug chargers when they’re not in use.
  • Draw your curtains in the evening to minimise heat loss through windows. Tuck long curtains behind radiators to prevent heat from getting trapped.
  • Defrost your freezer every six months to ensure it runs efficiently.

For more information and advice on keeping well this winter, call our advice line on 0300 500 1217 (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm) or email advice@ageuknorfolk.org.uk.