Age UK Southwark have created a fantastic new guide for older people in the borough as to how to keep warm and well this winter.
Full of tips and tricks to make your home energy efficient and keeping warm and reducing bills the guide can be downloaded at the link below.
Cold homes have a significant impact on peopleâ€™s health. One of the best ways ofÂ keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. Cold weather can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
The chances of these problems are higher if you are
vulnerable to cold-related illnesses and are:
Every winter in the UK, 25,000â€“30,000 deaths are linked to the cold weather. Approximately four million households in the UK are in fuel poverty. This is when a household spends more than 10% of their incomeÂ to keep warm.
There are many health impacts that can occur due to a cold damp home including:
A chilling thought!
After a cold snap â€“ your local hospital will gear itself up to deal with the following increase in illnesses triggered by the cold weather.
Over half of excess winter deaths are from cardiovascular disease. A third are from respiratory disease and 93% are those aged over 65.
Most of these health impacts are avoidable
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45