Information campaign to help older people keep well this winter

A coalition of public service organisations, charities and older people’s groups is this week launching a new information campaign to support older people to keep well this winter.

The ‘Keeping Well This Winter’ booklet contains tips and advice on keeping physically well and maintaining good mental health, and is being provided to tens of thousands of older people across Greater Manchester.

It is aimed particularly at reaching people who are not online and it follows the success of a similar publication during the first wave of Covid-19, which was praised by the World Health Organization for keeping residents informed at a time of over-reliance on digital communications.

The project is taking place because older people are predicted to face a particularly tough winter because of the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown restrictions on physical and mental health.

An estimated 155,000 over 65s in Greater Manchester do not use the internet and are therefore excluded from getting health and wellbeing advice online, as well as not having online social contact with friends and family.

The campaign has been coordinated by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, working with Greater Manchester’s councils, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the University of Manchester, housing providers, local charities and older people’s groups.

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