Some health problems, such as respiratory conditions and arthritis, are triggered or worsened by cold weather – with older people and those with chronic health problems being more at risk.
The reason that older people are more likely to suffer in winter is because as we age, our bodies react differently to the cold, leading to a greater chance of having a heart attack, stroke, breathing difficulties or pneumonia.
Fiona Lemmens, a local GP and Chair of Liverpool Clinical Commission Group (CCG), said:
“During the winter period, we do see a rise in people suffering from respiratory conditions, particularly amongst older people and those with long-term conditions or chronic health problems, which the cold weather can easily exacerbate.
“That’s why we advise these patients that if you feel your condition is worsening, you should make an appointment with your GP as soon as you can. Don’t wait until it gets more serious.”
She adds, “In addition, we also see an increase in injuries sustained by those who have slipped or tripped due to adverse weather, so we’d also encourage people to take extra care during the very cold weather, ensuring that any prescriptions are up to date, and that elderly loved ones and neighbours are well looked after by regularly checking in on them.”
To help you and your family keep well this winter, we have pulled together some helpful tips:
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For more information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/staywell