Advice issued for elderly in South Yorkshire

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Advice has been issued to help keep elderly residents in South Yorkshire safe and well during the winter.

Age UK Rotherham said elderly people are more vulnerable during the winter months and urged them to plan ahead.

The charity said people should keep a list of emergency numbers by their telephones and advises ordering repeat prescriptions in advance.

Elderly residents are advised to stock up on food, wear lots of thin layers of clothing to keep warm and to have a flu jab.

Age UK Rotherham’s Chief Executive, Lesley Dabell, said: “We know that older people are more vulnerable at this time of year because of the cold weather.

“Even in a mild winter there are more deaths in our older population because of the cold.

“We also know that older people are worrying more and more about the cost of heating their homes and sometimes do not understand what help is available or how to make the most economic use of their heating systems.”