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Charity urges people to look out for older neighbours as temperatures drop

Age Scotland is urging local folk to check in on older neighbours during the coming period of freezing weather.

The charity Age Scotland is urging people in Orkney to consider their older neighbours, as the country braces for freezing weather.

The charity is reminding folk that older people can be especially vulnerable to the impact of cold weather, which can exacerbate existing health conditions such as respiratory problems, heart disease and dementia. The cold can also increase blood pressure and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

The charity, which is aimed at helping people across Scotland make the most of later life, has also said as people get older, it takes them longer to warm up, which can be harmful to health.

Adam Stachura, Age Scotland’s Head of Policy and Communications, said: “Older people can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather, especially if they have a health condition or live in a hard-to-heat home. They can also be at risk of slips or falls on icy pavements.

“We would urge everyone to take extra care during this cold snap, wrap up warm, and make sure you are keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. We’d also encourage people to keep an eye on their older neighbours, friends and relatives and check if they need any extra help. Simply offering to do the shopping or popping in for a cup of tea and a chat could be a real lifeline for someone who is unable to leave their home.

“If you have any concerns about yourself or someone else, then please call our free Helpline for friendly advice on 0800 12 44 222.”

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