These misty mornings and darker days are sure-fire signs that winter is on its way. For those in later life, winter can be a worry and present a series of challenges.
From staying healthy to keeping warm, there is plenty to think about. But with numerous organisations and charities offering essential advice and help (many of which @Jellyatrics is following on Twitter), there is lots of useful information out there.
Essential Winter Advice
One of those offering great advice is Age UK – which has some excellent tips on how to stay safe, comfortable and keep the chill out this winter.
Many are simple things that you can start thinking about now – either for yourself or an older neighbour or relative.
Here are just a few:
- If you are worried about cranking up the heating, dress in plenty of layers and make sure you have shoes with non-slip soles.
- Keep a mixture of salt and sand handy to put on steps and paths in icy weather.
- Keep simple cold and flu remedies in the house.
- Stock up on basic food cupboard items in case the weather takes a turn for the worst and you are unable to go shopping. Alternatively, ask a friend or family member to have an online shopping order delivered to your door.
- Make sure you claim all the financial support you can to help with utility bills.
- Have your heating system serviced and chimney swept.
- If water pipes freeze, they can burst so make sure you know where the main stopcock is so that you can turn off the water.
- Eat healthily and try to keep as active as possible.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask neighbours and friends to pop in and see you more often during the winter months, which for many can be a lonely time.