This time last year, the Excess Winter Deaths statistics showed an enormous jump to over 40,000 for the previous winter. This year, the number returned to its trend line, at 24,300 (including 20,800 amongst the over 65s) in England and Wales during the winter of 2015/16. But if this lower figure is ‘normal’, it is still a disgraceful situation. Continue reading “Tackling excess winter deaths and fuel poverty”
This guest blog was contributed by Christopher Eccleston is Professor of Medical Psychology at the University of Bath, and the author of ‘Embodied: the psychology of physical sensation’.
Winter’s approach reminds us that staying warm is a challenge. In 2014-2015, in England and Wales alone, there were 36,300 preventable winter deaths due to cold exposure among people age 75 and over. We survive in a narrow core bodily temperature range of only a few degrees – human core temperature is around 37ᵒC, we dip into hypothermia at 35ᵒC and hyperthermia is not far above core temperature – and have to keep within the range when the world outside our bodies is more extreme. Even in England, temperatures have been as low as -26.1ᵒC and as high as 38.5ᵒC.
Continue reading “Guest blog: Keeping warm in winter – physiology, behaviour or both?”
With the night’s drawing in, winter is definitely on its way. Sadly, each winter 1 older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold weather and many more become seriously ill.
Why are older people more susceptible to the cold?
Cold temperatures can be very dangerous to older people’s health, as they not only increase the likelihood and severity of flu and respiratory problems, but being cold also thickens the blood and increases blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Continue reading “Easy ways to keep warm this winter”