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Heat and Older Adults

People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. Below is information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website ( about how you or the person you are caring for can stay safe during the heat this summer.

Why are Older Adults More Prone to Heat Stress?

• Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.

• They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.

• They are more likely to take prescription medicines that affect the body’s ability to control its temperature or sweat.

Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated

• Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, contact your local health department or find an air-conditioned shelter in your area.

• Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling source when it’s really hot outside.

• Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

• If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or has you on water pills, ask them how much you should drink during hot weather.

• Don’t use the stove or oven to cook — it will make you and your house hotter.

• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Take cool showers or baths to cool down.

• Do not engage in very strenuous activities, and get plenty of rest.

• Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.

• Follow additional tips on how to prevent heat-related illness.

Stay Informed

• Check the local news for health and safety updates.

• Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.

Caretaker Checklist

Keep a close eye on those in your care by visiting them at least twice a day, and ask yourself these questions:

• Are they drinking enough water?

• Do they have access to air- conditioning?

• Do they know how to keep cool?

• Do they show any signs of heat stress?


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