AS THE cold weather draws in, residents are being encouraged to look out for each other this winter.
The Public Health team at Wokingham Borough Council are warning that the cold can be particularly bad for people aged 65 and older.
They are calling for residents to check on older relatives, friends and neighbours during the colder months.
As we age it takes longer to warm up, which raises the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
The council are suggesting to keep warm indoors by heating your home to at least 18°C, keeping your curtains closed and tucked behind radiators to help trap heat and trying not to sit still for more than an hour.
“Severe cold snaps can have dramatic effects on everyday life, especially for those people who are already vulnerable because of their age, illness or disability,” said Matt Pope, director of adult services at Wokingham Borough Council.
“I would encourage our residents to please check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they’re safe and well.
“Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather”.
The council also recommend residents have plenty of warm food and drinks and wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer — this will better trap the heat and keep residents warmer.
There are also grants, benefits and advice to make your home more energy-efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. For further details — including eligibility — visit www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm
If you’re worried about an older person, the council recommend contacting a family member, report your concerns to them via the council website or ringing the Age UK helpline on 0800 055 6112.
For further and advice about how to keep warm and keep well this winter visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/ and the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/advice