Heat & Older Adults

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 chronic medical conditions 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.
  • Drink more water than usual, don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
Seek Medical Care Immediately if you have, or someone you know has symptoms of heat related illness such as muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.

The Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living encourages everyone to keep a close eye on older adults in your care by checking on them daily. For more information on services for older adults, contact Jill Collins at [email protected] or call 866-844-4396.

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