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Seniors are at risk for heat stroke during hot weather
Older adults need to be more careful of overheating and heat stroke because their bodies can’t adjust to high temperatures as well as younger bodies can. Also, seniors are more likely to start out dehydrated.
In fact, 40% of heat-related deaths in the U.S. were among people over 65, according to a University of Chicago Medical Center study.
Seniors are more vulnerable to heat 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 their body’s ability to regulate temperature or could actually prevent sweating.
That’s why it’s best for older adults to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities in hot weather.
To keep seniors safe and comfortable, we’ve rounded up 10 practical, senior-friendly ways to help them stay cool indoors.