Life-Saving Advice for Elderly in Cold Weather

ELDERLY people can pick up life-saving tips on how to stay healthy and warm this winter at Langley Mill's Bridge Centre on Friday, December 9.

The event, which runs from 10am to 2pm, is being organised by NHS Derbyshire County and Amber Valley Borough Council in a bid to stop unnecessary 'excess winter deaths' - which claim the lives of hundreds of people each year. Attending will be Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

Last year, a sixth more people died in Derby than the previous winter, with freezing weather conditions leaving those most vulnerable at risk of heart problems, strokes, respiratory illness and falls. Poor health is also worsened by badly insulated homes, the cold and damp. This can lead to more falls in the elderly.

On hand at the event will be lots of free information and advice, including practical pointers on winter fuel payments, reducing rising fuel bills through insulation and energy efficiency schemes, and why it's vital to have the flu jab. Free blood pressure, BMI checks, and information about Amber Valley's 'Handy Van Network', which can help those over 60 with small DIY tasks such as changing lightbulbs and securing carpets, will also be on offer, alongside Age UK, Citizens Advice Bureau, benefits advice and many others.

Jane Horton, housing and health strategy manager for NHS Derbyshire County, said: "The cold weather is a killer - but the good news is that there are lots of free, low cost, local initiatives which the elderly and most vulnerable can benefit from.

"Keeping warm and safe during the winter months is critical for good health, so we'd urge anyone to pop along to this event, browse the stalls and pick up some free, invaluable life-saving tips which could have the added bonus of putting some money back in your pocket."

NHS Derbyshire County are also set to launch their new 'Community Energy Champions' scheme at the event, where people can volunteer to receive free training to help elderly and vulnerable people find out more about energy efficiency and other schemes which can help with their health. If successful, the pilot - which will be run in Amber Valley - will see the recruitment of 20 volunteers.

The event is being funded by the National Energy Action Warm Homes Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the effects fuel poverty can have on people's lives. For more information about the event, please contact Jane Horton on 01773 525099 or Joanne Walker at Amber Valley Borough Council on 01773 841332.

NOTES TO EDITORS: NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are working together as a cluster to lead the local transition to clinical commissioning groups. The PCTs are responsible for the healthcare of people in Derbyshire.

Claudia Blake, media relations officer.
Tel: 01246 514119
Email: claudia.blake@derbyshirecountypct.nhs.ukRef: PCTDJ18





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