Winter is upon us, of that there is no doubt – many of you have already been subject to freezing weather and for many of us, lots of snow. All the more reason to look after yourself and to keep an eye on more vulnerable people around you.

Since the 1950’s the number of deaths in winter has been declining, but last year in Scotland the figure increased. There is no single cause of the rise in winter mortality – but diseases like influenza and pneumonia play their part.

Winter is an especially difficult time for older people, especially those living alone. Isolation and loneliness is all too common. So this winter, if you don’t already do this, find out about your elderly neighbours, pop in to see them, check they are ok.

You may just save a life!


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