It is vital, now more than ever, that you look after your health and wellbeing during the colder months. There are lots of simple things you can do and these are easy to incorporate into your daily routine – if you don’t already do so!
Whilst it is tempting to eat more comfort foods as the days get colder and the nights draw in, it is important that we get enough nutrients to fight off any flu viruses that the Winter may bring. Read the NHS guide to eating well for more information.
Remember to keep moving! Not only will this warm you up but even a gentle activity, such as walking, can improve strength and mobility. Age UK have some great instructions for easy at home exercises including chair squats and stair stepping.
This Autumn / Winter it is more important than ever for older people to help protect themselves against the flu. Even if you feel fit and healthy, it is important to get your free flu jab before the Winter sets in. Everyone aged 65 and over, and anyone who cares for a friend or family member, is entitled to a free flu jab. Contact your GP or pharmacy for more information. Check if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Follow these tips from NHS to keep you and your family warm and well at home.
Winter Fuel Payment
If you were born on or before 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. For more details and to see if you are eligible go to the GOV.UK website.
Cold Weather Payment
You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. Read more information here.
Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest Scheme
The Nest scheme offers a range of free, impartial advice and, if you are eligible, a package of free home energy efficiency improvements such as a new boiler, central heating or insulation. This can lower your energy bills and benefit your health and wellbeing.
Remember to check in on older neighbours and relatives, and those with health conditions to make sure they are safe and well, warm enough (especially at night), have enough food and medication.
If you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, you can call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1602 (8am to 7pm every day).
You can find a list of mental health support services here