Extreme Heat Safety For Older Adults

For a variety of factors older adults are more at risk for extreme heat illness.

Why seniors are more vulnerable to heat

In hot weather, it’s best for older adults to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities because:

Their bodies don’t adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature

Chronic medical conditions can change their body responses to heat

Prescription medicines can impair the body’s ability to regulate temperature or could actually prevent sweating

What can you do?

Stay Cool

Find an air-conditioned shelter

Avoid direct sunlight

Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing

Take cool showers or baths

Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device

Stay Hydrated

Drink more water than usual

Don't wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids

Avoid alcohol or liquid containing high amounts of sugar

Remind others to drink enough water

Stay Informed

Check the local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips

Learn the symptoms of heat illness.

Visit the CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network to learn more about extreme heat at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat

Extreme Heat Safety Infographic