Many OAPs afraid to leave home in winter

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MORE than two-thirds of North West older folk feel more isolated and/or go out less in winter.

Meanwhile, just under half of over-65s say they have gone to bed early to stay warm at least once. That’s according to a new survey by older people’s charity, Independent Age, to launch their new Winter Wise advice leaflet for older people, their families and carers.

More than half of the respondents say they are prevented from leaving home in winter because they don’t like the cold and/or damp and more than two-fifths don’t go out because they’re worried about slipping and falling on ice or wet ground.