Aging adults are more likely to experience the effects of hot weather than younger adults.

Aging adults are more likely to experience the effects of hot weather than younger adults.

Physically, older adults cannot adjust to significant changes in temperature as can younger adults. Here are some tips for preventing heat-related illnesses:

  • Drink more fluids. It’s very important to keep hydrated.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
  • Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned room.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Wear clothing that is lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting.
  • Visit adults at risk twice a day or more. Watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

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