Winter worries as we start to get older

So here we are, deep in December and wondering if we will have snow this year? As we get older, the worry of the winter months increases.

In deepest darkest Essex it looks unlikely we will see any of the white stuff but who knows what 2020 will bring.

Our health as we get older:

As we start to get older our immune systems do not work quite as well as they used to. This leaves us more prone to winter viruses such as cold and flu. In the UK, anyone over 65 is entitled to a free cold and flu jab via the NHS. This is a good way to protect against germs and infections.

Our bodies have to work harder to keep us warm and this can increase the pressure on our hearts and circulatory systems. Try to keep warm and making sure you are wrapped up in sufficient layers when exposed to cold temperatures can help to protect against the effects of the cold weather.

Getting older means our muscle mass deteriorates and we have to work harder to keep warm in the cold temperatures. Keeping active and eating at least one hot meal per day will help you to keep warm and healthier as the winter temperatures plummet.

If you live in the Chelmsford area and need more guidance for the winter season, Essex Age UK is based in Tattersall Way, Chelmsford and they have a good website offering help and advice in the local community:

They offer services including:

  • A free Information and advice for anyone over 50
  • Toenail cutting
  • Befriending
  • Home help
  • Outdoor activity
  • Voice network
  • Sitting and companionship
  • Food preparation

If you have a friend or neighbour who lives in and around the Chelmsford are and would benefit from the services of the Essex Age UK services, it may be worth pointing them in the right direction now before winter truly arrives.

SMP Healthcare is an independent health insurance broker who can offer assistance when it comes to the renewal or purchase of a private medical insurance policy. With no upper age limits applicable, we are more than happy to help you find a policy that would suit your requirements for the future.

Please contact us on 01245 929129/ 0800 047 0127 or by email