The guide includes reminders to get a flu jab, stay hydrated and be as active as possible. Sam Ward, deputy chief executive at RVS, said: “Coping in a Covid winter is going to be a particularly difficult experience for many older people, particularly those living alone and without support. We know that nearly one in five people aged 70 and over are dreading the winter months, and we want to provide as much support as possible to those that need it, to help them keep poor health, cold and hunger at bay.”
Just four in 10 over-70s told the volunteering charity they stock up on essential food items like tinned goods in case they cannot get out in the winter, while only six in 10 cook themselves a hot meal each day in winter months.
Less than two thirds of people surveyed said they get their boiler or heating serviced every year and only three in 10 have their carbon monoxide alarm checked every year.
The guide aims to provide information on where people can turn to for help, like the Priority Services Register to receive support during power outages, as well as fun activities people can do to stay fit home.
The booklet, produced in partnership with Yakult, is available to view and download here.