From York Age UK.
Each winter, one older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold. There is a general lack of awareness of the serious effects that cold weather can have on an older person’s health. There are some simple things you can do to support them through the cold weather too:
- Call in or visit more often if the cold weather stops your friend or family member from getting out and about. Calling in on someone can help keep their spirits up and make them feel less isolated.
- Make sure they have basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping, or offer to shop online for them if they don’t have internet access.
- Pick up prescriptions if it’s too cold for them to go out, or find out if their local pharmacy offers a prescription pick-up and delivery service.
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