So far this year we have managed to escape any really cold weather but as we all know our weather can change suddenly with temperatures dropping away quickly. We are coming up to the extended holiday period when many businesses close down and services providing advice or help often operate with minimum staffing levels. So its good to think ahead for both our own families and particularly our older residents.
We published an article recently on the Tarvin Census data which showed that at the present time there are more than 300 households in Tarvin consisting solely of people aged 65 or over, and these households make up more than a quarter of the total.
Some good advice from NHS choices
It may seem obvious but its worth repeating that cold homes have a significant impact on people's health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. Unfortunately last winter (2012/13) in the UK, there were 31,000 deaths linked to the cold weather. Lets do our best to ensure Tarvin residents are not part of this year's statistics. If you're worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66
Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.
The chances of these problems are higher if you're vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following:
Flu is a highly infectious illness that can spread rapidly. If you're at risk of complications from flu, you may be eligible for a free flu jab.
The government has issued advice on getting ready for winter and aims to reduce cold-related illness and deaths.
Key tips include:
As well as enjoying ourselves this festive season lets keep a neighbourly eye out for others in our Community who may be less fortunate.
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