03 February 2012

People are being reminded to look after themselves and their elderly or vulnerable neighbours during the cold weather.

Cold weather is especially dangerous for older people or those with a serious illness and can lead to health problems such as heart attacks, pneumonia, strokes and depression.

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for health and adult social services said: “Periods of cold weather can be difficult for everyone but are even more hazardous for older or vulnerable people.

“Be a good neighbour and check that they have all they need to help them through the cold snap. Check that elderly or more vulnerable people have at least one living room or area that is warm and that their heating is working properly.”

Anyone with any concerns about an older person’s welfare can visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk for advice in the first instance or contact the council’s adult care team by emailing adultcare@northamptonshire.gov.uk or calling 0300 126 1000.

Age UK Northamptonshire’s, Chief Officer, Liam Condron said: “The winter can be a dangerous time for older people. Getting ready for the cold weather means you are more likely to keep warm and well.

“If there is anyone you know who might be at risk, contact Age UK Northamptonshire. And remember to eat well, stay active, wrap up warm and be safe.”

For more information call 0845 677 2220 or visit the Age UK website at www.ageuk.org.uk.

Advice about keeping well in winter is also available on the NHS Northamptonshire website: www.northamptonshire.nhs.uk/winter