Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Britain this winter has been no place for old men but one with plenty of advice from the Government

It's snowing again. The wet stuff, so it won't settle. This is the worst winter in Britain for 30 years and it's good to know that our Government has provided sage observation like this from, Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron, who has said : "Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or those with serious illnesses".

And it's also good to know that leaflets have been published for the Government's 'Keep Warm Keep Well' campaign. These give important advice to older people on how to stay fit and healthy through the winter. This advice is available online at 'NHS Choices' and in local GP's surgeries, pharmacies or council offices.

And a big 'thank you' to Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director of Public Health for the South East Coast who has said :
"Remembering the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk is essential. In particular, they need to keep their home at the right temperature, between 18 and 21 degrees centigrade by day and heat the bedroom just before they go to sleep. The elderly, and those who are ill, are particularly vulnerable during cold weather."

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