Commenting on temperatures dropping as low as -10C in parts of the country, Simon Hewett-Avison, Assistant Director of Services at Independent Age, said:

“Older people can be particularly vulnerable during the winter months, so it’s essential that they know what steps to take to look after themselves. This can be as simple as wearing several layers of clothing, keeping radiators clear, or stocking up on non-perishable food and medicines if it’s difficult to leave the house in bad weather. If you know someone who might need support in colder weather, please do check in on them. For more advice about how to stay well in winter, we have a helpful free guide available, called ‘Winter Wise’, which is full of practical tips on staying warm and healthy in the winter months.”

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