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?
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
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
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