All of Age Action's shops and offices will be closed today, Thursday 1 March, and Friday 2 March due to weather conditions.
There will be limited monitoring of our social media and firstname.lastname@example.org accounts until our offices reopen.
In the meantime we would urge people in need of information to keep in touch with health and welfare supports by monitoring the following websites:
Advice for older people
The organisation also has some advice for older people and their neighbours on how to cope with the falling temperatures.
Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “We’d be encouraging our members to stay indoors, make sure their home is properly heated and to wear additional layers of clothing.
“If the weather gets worse snow and ice add to the problem as many may not be able to get out to buy food, fuel or to pick up prescriptions.
“We would really urge family, friends and neighbours to check in on any older people they know living nearby, particularly those who may be living alone or have difficulty getting out and about.
“Dropping in to say hello or a quick phone call to make sure everything is okay will always be welcome.”
In order to stay well and warm this winter older people should also take the following steps:
- Dress warmly – wear layers, rather than one thick layer of clothing. Maybe wear a woollen or fleece hat in bed.
- Remain active – don’t stay sitting for long periods. Spread your chores throughout the day to ensure to keep moving around your home.
- Eat well – have at least one hot meal a day. Sip hot drinks regularly. Keep a flask of hot drink by the bed, in case you wake up cold.
- Seal gaps around windows and doors.
- Remain in contact with your family and friends, including other older people.