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Staying warm during the cold snap

With another night of heavy snow falling from Aberdeen to the Sussex coast, Age UK is urging older people to take extra precautions to stay warm and well, and for everyone to check in with older friends, neighbours and relatives.

The adverse weather may leave some older people facing difficulties to get out and buy essentials, while others will struggle to stay warm. Helena Herklots, Services Director said "we’re asking people to be good friends and neighbours in this weather, to ensure older people are warm and well and aren’t left struggling alone. Even a quick visit or phone call could make all the difference."

The cold snap has continued following the coldest November for several years, with the snow continuing to cause difficulties with around 100 drivers stranded in South Yorkshire for a second night, and more rail passengers forced to spend the night on trains in Sussex. Police are advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary, especially in the worst-hit areas of Scotland, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and south-east England.

There are some simple steps people can follow to help keep warm and well such as keeping moving - even if it’s just doing a bit of cleaning or making a cup of tea, eating nutritious hot meals and drinks, and keeping homes as warm as possible and draft free.

The recommended temperature for rooms during the day is 21ºC, but people should not hesitate to increase this should they feel cold.

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Helena added "It’s also vital that people are aware of financial support available to them which can help with heating bills, such as the Winter Fuel Payment.  People can find out about the help and benefits available to them and more information on the Spread the Warmth campaign by calling Age UK Advice free on 0800 169 6565"

Further help and advice

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