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Seasonal advice

Extreme temperatures can be harder to handle for the elderly, especially for those with health issues - older adults should take adequate precautions during seasonal changes. Our advice and tips can help with everything as the weather or seasons change.

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Leisure and activities

Engaging in leisure activities is crucial for the overall wellbeing of older adults as it can alleviate stress, enhance sleep quality, and boost energy levels.

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Lifestyle tips

Healthy lifestyle choices can significantly improve the wellbeing of older adults, including staying active, eating well, and socialising. These positive habits can lead to a more fulfilling life.

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Mental health and wellbeing

As we age, it's important to prioritise mental health by staying connected, doing fun activities, and seeking professional help if needed, leading to a positive outlook on later life.

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about seasonal advice

Find valuable information for older adults in our frequently answered questions section. Get seasonal advice on weather, health and safety. Stay comfortable and fulfilled as you age with our tips.

What temperature should the elderly heat their home to in the winter in the UK?

During the winter in the UK, it's advisable to keep the indoor temperature for older adults between 18°C to 21°C (64°F to 70°F). Maintaining a warm and comfortable environment is essential to avoid health hazards related to cold temperatures. This is especially crucial for older people who are more susceptible to the cold and its impact on their health and overall wellbeing.

How can the elderly stay safe in the winter?

During the winter, older adults need to take certain precautions to ensure their safety. They should keep warm indoors by wearing appropriate clothing and ensure outside walkways are cleared of snow and ice to prevent falls. Staying active indoors can also be beneficial. Additionally, getting preventative vaccines, staying hydrated, and checking that heating systems and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning correctly are important steps to take. To maintain wellbeing, it is crucial to keep up with social connections, manage medication properly, and have an emergency kit on hand. Regular health check-ups can also help monitor overall wellbeing. By taking these measures, safety and wellbeing can be promoted during the colder months.

What precautions should elderly take during hot weather?

With extreme weather conditions becoming the norm, it is not just the colder months that can be a risk to our health. During hot weather, it is important for older adults take certain precautions to stay safe.

  • These include staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
  • It is also recommended to stay cool by remaining in air-conditioned rooms or using fans during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Wearing lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-coloured clothing can also help regulate body temperature.
  • To avoid direct sun, it is advised to limit outdoor activities during peak sun hours, seek shade when outdoors, and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Applying sunscreen with a high SPF can protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
  • It is also important to monitor any medications that may increase sensitivity to heat and consult a GP if needed.
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