People with pre-existing medical conditions, usually related to heart and respiratory problems, are most at risk during the winter. Cold temperatures can be very dangerous to older people’s health as they not only increase the likelihood and severity of flu, chest infections and other respiratory problems, but they also raise blood pressure which puts people at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.
There are a number of reasons for cold related illness and mortality from poorly insulated homes to sustained low indoor temperatures. Living room temperatures should ideally be kept at 70F (21C) and above whereas bedroom temperatures should be kept at a minimum of 64F (18C).
Being cold, even for just a short amount of time can be very dangerous as it increases the risk of associated health problems and preventable deaths during the winter.
The dedicated helpline can offer you help with emergencies such as providing temporary heaters, electric blankets, grants, finding a trades person or can offer general advice on finding your cheapest energy supplier, benefits and debt.