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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:26 pm 
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With another night of heavy snow falling from Aberdeen to the Sussex coast, Age UK is urging older people to take extra precautions to stay warm and well, and for everyone to check in with older friends, neighbours and relatives.

The adverse weather may leave some older people facing difficulties to get out and buy essentials, while others will struggle to stay warm. Helena Herklots, Services Director said "we’re asking people to be good friends and neighbours in this weather, to ensure older people are warm and well and aren’t left struggling alone. Even a quick visit or phone call could make all the difference."

The cold snap has continued following the coldest November for several years, with the snow continuing to cause difficulties with around 100 drivers stranded in South Yorkshire for a second night, and more rail passengers forced to spend the night on trains in Sussex. Police are advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary, especially in the worst-hit areas of Scotland, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and south-east England.

There are some simple steps people can follow to help keep warm and well such as keeping moving - even if it’s just doing a bit of cleaning or making a cup of tea, eating nutritious hot meals and drinks, and keeping homes as warm as possible and draft free.

The recommended temperature for rooms during the day is 21ºC, but people should not hesitate to increase this should they feel cold.

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB ... Up_inf.pdf

Get further advice and information in our Winter Wrapped Up guide
Helena added "It’s also vital that people are aware of financial support available to them which can help with heating bills, such as the Winter Fuel Payment. People can find out about the help and benefits available to them and more information on the Spread the Warmth campaign by calling Age UK Advice free on 0800 169 6565"


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:41 pm 
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New figures released by the ONS today show that there were 18,200 excess winter deaths last year from cold-related illness such as heart attacks and strokes.


Although the overall number of deaths has gone down from the previous winter, the vast majority of these deaths were among older people, with a deeply troubling 15,900 in the over-65 age group. Over the last 10 years a staggering quarter of a million older people have died from the cold – 1 older person every 7 minutes. Also the average winter temperature was nearly double last year.

Responding to the figures, Age UK’s Charity Director, Caroline Abrahams, said:

'It is truly shocking that thousands of older people are dying unnecessarily every winter because they cannot afford to keep warm. This is a national disgrace and a damning indictment of our failure to tackle the root cause of the problem: cold, energy-inefficient homes.

'Fewer older people died last year compared to recent years but the winter was exceptionally mild: we must not be complacent about the cold homes which cause so many deaths among older people because who knows how bad this and future winters will be.

'The sad fact is that many of these deaths could have been prevented. Cold homes, caused by a number of factors including poor insulation and high energy costs, are a major cause of excess winter deaths.

'In the short term we would urge all older people to claim the benefits they’re entitled to so they can afford to turn the heating up and stay warm.

'However the only long-term solution to this problem is an ambitious government-led programme to bring all our housing up to a high energy efficiency standard. We realise a national infrastructure project of this scale would require major investment but not only would it reduce illness and deaths among older people, it would also cut associated costs to the NHS, create jobs and growth and help future generations.

'We are urging the Chancellor to address this in his upcoming Autumn Statement.'

Spread the Warmth

Through its Spread the Warmth campaign, Age UK will be doing everything it can to help older people keep warm this winter. Age UK offers information and advice 365 days a year and older people and their families can call Age UK Advice free on 0800 169 65 65.

Age UK is also calling on the Government to support a major energy efficiency programme which will enable all older people to live in a warm home in a bid to tackle the high levels of excess winter deaths and fuel poverty amongst older people.

The Charity is calling on people to help reduce the number of unnecessary deaths this winter by joining its campaign for warm homes or by making a donation. To donate as little as £5, or to find out more about how you can make a difference to our work visit www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk, call 0800 169 87 87.

Age UK is part of the Energy Bill Revolution, an alliance with over one hundred members, including Age UK, campaigning for warm homes and lower bills. For further information, please visit www.energybillrevolution.org.



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Re: Staying warm during the cold snap
PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:57 am 
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I sympathise deeply with all these deaths, but honestly, how many of these were avoidable. How many of these poor souls have died of hypothermia and left thousands, in some cases, hundreds of thousands in the bank.
Unfortunately, the statistics don't tell you this because they are politically 'slanted'.
Nobody in this country, if they (or their close ones) manage their finances correctly, should be living in poverty or freezing to death.
Help is there. It requires the person, their families or their friends to apply for this help.


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Re: Staying warm during the cold snap
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:26 am 
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Or a governing organisation to automatically contact their nearest and dearest to highlight this and how to help!


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Re: Staying warm during the cold snap
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:27 pm 
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Short of putting everything in neon lights, what else
is the government required to do?


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Re: Staying warm during the cold snap
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:45 pm 
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All they need to do is collect contact details of family and friends. This can be done a number of ways, examples being during GP visits, electoral roll forms. Then when the time comes a computer generates a message to be sent to these people to offer their help to the person in need. Also, if the person has no friends or family then a care organisation is alerted.


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Re: Staying warm during the cold snap
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:49 pm 
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That's a hefty and costly thing to set up and maintain.


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