Top tips for staying well this winter
It is important to stay healthy all year round, but when the weather is very cold people are more susceptible to becoming ill. Here are our top tips.
Don’t wait – if you feel like you might be coming down with something don’t wait for it to get worse – speak to your pharmacist or call NHS 111.
Plan ahead – make sure you have any medication you need for over the Christmas period when some surgeries and pharmacies will be closed.
Get the flu jab – if you are over 65 or have some underlying health conditions you should have the flu vaccine. Contact your GP practice to book it today.
Keep warm – it is more important that you keep warm and heat your home to at least 18c in winter.
Look after yourself and older neighbours – rest, stay hydrated and eat regular hot meals. Don’t forget to check in on your elderly neighbours during cold snaps, especially the more vulnerable ones, such as people living with dementia.
111 is the number to call when you need medical help fast – but it’s not an emergency. Visit www.nhs.uk/111 for more details.
SHINE provide advice on keeping your home warm and support with energy bills, as well as help you to access other wellbeing services in the borough. www.islington.gov.uk/shine
Alzheimer’s Society has useful resources on how to take care of your loved one and neighbours with dementia this Christmas. www.alzheimers.org.uk/christmas