Stay well in cold weather

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With the weather forecasters indicating changeable weather residents in Wolverhampton are being reminded that one of the best ways to keep well is to keep warm.

Cold weather and cold homes can have a significant impact on people's health and keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent some illnesses particularly amongst the elderly and those with respiratory conditions.

Last year 27 per cent more people died in the winter, than at other times of the year. The majority of those were over the age of 75 and more than a third died due to respiratory issues.

Dr Dan DeRosa, Chair of the Wolverhampton CCG said: “The weather can quickly turn from being relatively mild and spring-like to extreme cold, so it is important everyone has plans in place to keep warm when temperatures plummet. Keeping yourself warm is one of the basic necessities of life, but this can sometimes be neglected, particularly in the elderly who may have medical conditions which means they may not feel the cold – such as in people suffering from dementia.’’

“So if you have elderly relatives, or neighbours, please do keep an eye on them, to make sure they’re keeping their home warmwhere the room temperature should be at least 18C. Also make sure they have enough of the basics in their cupboards – tinned soup, bread, tea and milk and that if they take medication that they have enough to last them through the cold spell; this will help to prevent them venturing out in bad weather unnecessarily. ”

Some of the best ways to keep warm are to have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day, also staying active and moving around helps. So try not to sit still for more than an hour or so. Wearing lots of thin layers to trap heat helps you to keep warm, as well as good fitting slippers indoors, and shoes with good grip if you have to go outside.

For more advice on staying well visit www.nhs.uk/staywell