Check on el­derly rel­a­tives

Prima (UK) - - Best Of Health -

If you have an older neigh­bour or rel­a­tive, keep an eye on them to make sure they’re up and about as usual each day. Peo­ple who are frail and el­derly are un­able to keep as warm as they used to. En­cour­age them to keep the room tem­per­a­ture at least 18°C and to dress in lay­ers to help trap body warmth. The body needs food to act as fuel, so it’s im­por­tant to eat well in win­ter and have at least one hot meal each day, as well as plenty of hot drinks. Move­ment and ex­er­cise gen­er­ate body heat, so try to help them stay ac­tive. To keep warm in bed, wear­ing bed­socks and a night­cap will re­duce heat loss from ex­trem­i­ties. A study in­volv­ing 96 el­derly peo­ple found those tak­ing a mul­ti­vi­ta­min for a year had bet­ter im­mu­nity, a bet­ter re­sponse to the flu vac­ci­na­tion, and half as many days ill with in­fec­tion (23 days) com­pared with those not tak­ing a mul­ti­vi­ta­min (48 days).

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