HEALTHY LIVING: Study looks at problems of elderly staying warm

THE NHS in Rotherham has launched a research project to find out what helps and hinders older people from keeping warm in winter.

The Keeping Warm in Later Life Project has already begun and sees health and social care staff interview older residents about their experiences.

The study has found that many older people struggle with technology such as heating equipment, as well as the use of direct debits and internet banking to pay bills.

Researcher Adelaide Lusambili said: "Our research also indicates that many older people lack knowledge on the ideal temperature required for keeping warm and preventing health conditions worsening. Bedroom temperatures should be kept above 18 degrees celsius and the living room between 21 and 24 degrees."

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