Look out for older loved ones this winter


As the cold snap continues, Age UK urges people to do all they can to keep a close eye on older relatives, friends and neighbours.

With older people trying to get out for their vaccination appointments and the severe weather making it challenging to travel, it's more important than ever to look out for our older loved ones.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: "Even though our capacity to support older relatives, friends and neighbours is impeded to a degree by the current lockdown, there are still things we can all do. Offering to bring some shopping can help during the winter months, particularly during severe weather. Even simple things like ensuring they are keeping warm and protecting themselves against the risks the cold weather poses can help."

Exposure to the cold can severely impact older people because ageing bodies find it hard to adjust to significant changes in temperature, specifically if they are coping with ill health.

Age UK advises older people to plan ahead if they are going out, as paths and roads may be icy and slippy. However, they remind us that there are also other opportunities to have the vaccination at another time if there is a concern about going out in severe weather.

Simple precautions such as wrapping up warm when going outside, sleeping with the windows closed at night and having plenty of hot food and drinks throughout the day can help keep these risks at bay.

If you, or a loved one is struggling and feel a need for some extra support visit Age UK.