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Weather warning to the elderly

Weather warning to the elderly
1st February 2008

Age Concern has urged elderly people to take extra care over the next few days as weather conditions are expected to prove hazardous.

Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern, said that "freezing and blustery" weather can be "particularly dangerous" for the elderly.

"Falls are all too common in this sort of weather and older bones tend to be more fragile and prone to nasty breaks," he stated.

It is also important that older people stay warm during cold weather by "dressing and eating well", while also keeping active, Mr Lishman added.

Earlier this month, Welsh assembly member for Cynon Valley Christine Chapman said that older people should be "treated with the dignity and respect they deserve", the Cynon Valley Leader reports.

Ms Chapman was responding to a report from Help the Aged called Spotlight on Older People in the UK.

The report found that 1.25 million older people experienced fuel poverty in 2007.

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