Spread the warmth 

Cold weather can be a worry in later life. As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold which can leave us more susceptible to serious health problems. But with a little preparation, and by following our ‘5 Top Tips’ you can stay warmer and healthier this winter:

  1. Keep moving

Keeping active generates heat and helps to keep you warm. It’s good for general fitness and well-being too!

  1. Eat well

Hot meals and drinks help keep you warm, so eat at least one hot meal and have hot drinks during the day.

  1. Have a seasonal flu jab

If you’re over 65 be sure to have a seasonal flu jab. Seasonal flu viruses are always changing, so you need to have a jab every year, using the latest vaccine.

  1. Keep your hands clean

Good hand hygiene is a simple way to avoid getting colds or flu and stop it spreading to other people.

  1. Keep your spirits up

It’s not unusual to feel a bit down in winter – particularly when the days are short and it gets dark by 4pm. Try to keep to your usual routines and, if you can’t visit friends, make sure you phone them regularly for a chat.


For further information on preparing for winter, staying warm indoors and out, plus staying healthy please visit our Spread the warmth page.