Beast from the east: look after the elderly


Older people are especially vulnerable to the impact of cold weather, says Age Scotland

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1st March 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Age Scotland is urging everyone to consider their older neighbours as the country struggles in the freezing weather.

Older people are especially vulnerable to the impact of cold weather, which can exacerbate existing health conditions such as respiratory problems, heart disease and dementia.

The cold can also increase blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. 

As people get older, it takes them longer to warm up, which can be harmful to health.

Adam Stachura, Age Scotland’s head of policy, said: “Older people can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather, especially if they have a health condition or live in a hard-to-heat home. They can also be at risk of slips or falls on icy pavements.

“We would urge everyone to take extra care during this cold snap, wrap up warm, and make sure you are keeping your home at a comfortable temperature.

“We’d also encourage people to keep an eye on their older neighbours, friends and relatives and check if they need any extra help. Simply offering to do the shopping or popping in for a cup of tea and a chat could be a real lifeline for someone who is unable to leave their home.

“If you have any concerns about yourself or someone else, then please call our free Helpline for friendly advice on 0800 12 44 222.”