The elderly are warned to prepare for cold weather

OLDER people’s charity WRVS has urged the elderly to begin preparations for the winter to avoid any unneccessary health risks.

The Scottish cold snap brings an inherent mortal danger and the majority of winter casualties occur in people over the age of 75.

For many, the winter months are a time of great concern both for older people and for those with elderly loved-ones.

WRVS is hoping to prevent any deaths as a result of the cold weather with advice on how to ‘stay safe, stay well, stay warm and stay in touch’.

Margaret Paterson, head of operations for WRVS in Scotland, said: “Winter can be a very worrying time for older people, but by getting prepared for the cold weather it doesn’t have to be as stressful.

“We have outlined simple steps older people can take to make sure the cold weather doesn’t affect their quality of life.

“We are also encouraging anyone who has an elderly neighbour or relative to check on them regularly to make sure they have everything to need to stay happy and healthy.”

In partnership with the Scottish government, WRVS willl distribute around 6,700 leaflets across Scotland with advice on staying warm and well this winter.

Anyone concerned about winter preparations and the effect of cold weather, can contact WRVS for advice by visiting www.wrvs.org.uk or calling 0845 600 5885.