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A Quarter of Over 65s Concerned About Keeping Warm

October 30, 2013
Public Health

Age Concern UK has revealed that a quarter of people over 65 are worried about keeping warm over the winter. The national charity’s poll of 1,100 over 65s also found that more than half of those interviewed were concerned about increasing energy costs. Timed to coincide with the launch of the annual Spread the Warmth winter campaign, the results from the survey if extrapolated would suggest that over 3 million older people across the UK could be affected. Caroline Abrahams, Age UK?s Charity Director, is also concerned about a general lack of understanding about the affects of cold temperatures, saying; “Being cold even for just a short time can be very dangerous as it increases the risk of associated health problems and preventable deaths during the winter.”

The charity has regularly called on government to ensure continuing financial investment to improve the energy efficiency of older peoples homes. Excess winter deaths run at approximately 24,000 per year while research by the fuel poverty alliance Energy Bill Revolution has suggested that the UK is second only to Estonia amongst european nations in respect of the number of people struggling to pay heating bills. The Spread the Warmth campaign offers help with winter benefit checks and odd jobs around the home to the UK?s population of 10.84 million over 65s. More details can be found at: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/spread-the-warmth/

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