Published on 31 August 2014
As we head into winter and the temperatures begin to fall, it’s important for older people in our community, who can be more prone to illness and vulnerable throughout the winter period to be prepared.
As we age, our body’s ability to regulate its temperature is less efficient, so while chilly temperatures during Australian winters may seem bearable for most of us, it can be a different story for older people in the community.
The chances of contracting colds and flu or more serious cold related health conditions are more likely if you are over 65, on a low income and have trouble heating your home or perhaps have a long-term health condition such as cardiovascular and respiratory problems.
Following these simple steps will help keep yourself and your home warm this winter:
Checking in regularly on elderly relatives and neighbours is important throughout the winter period to prevent any serious illness occurring such as hypothermia.
Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:
If you suspect an elderly person is suffering from hypothermia, please contact the emergency services.