As we get older, changes to our bodies mean that cold weather and winter bugs affect us more than they used to. The good news is there are lots of things we can do to help keep well in winter.
Try not to sit still for more than an hour at a time. You might not think it, but even a little bit of activity can help you to keep strength and mobility.
Make sure you are eating regularly and well. Hearty warm meals are ideal in this icy weather, but eating often is what counts.
Get your flu jab
Everyone aged 65 and over, and anyone who cares for a friend or family member, is entitled to a free flu jab from the doctor or pharmacist. Make
Make sure your home is warm enough
Try to heat your home to a steady and comfortable temperature throughout the day. It's also a good idea to keep your bedroom window closed at night and close the curtains at dusk to keep the heat in.
Wash your hands
This is important now more than ever. It's simple but effective - washing your hands helps stop germs spreading and can help you stay well.
Wrap up warm
Layering is the best way to keep warm in winter. If you are heading out, take your woollies with you.
It could be a good idea to stock up on cold and sore throat remedies. Your pharmacist can give you advice if you're feeling under the weather about what might help.
Treat yourself and warm up at the same time with a nice hot cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The best way to get toasty on a cold day.