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Tips for seniors to help deal with the heat

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Seniors do not adjust well to extreme heat due to increased heat production and lessened ability to dissipate heat.
Medications can cause older adults to have difficulty tolerating heat, thus causing the heart to overcome overworked trying to assist in the body’s cooling system.
Family, neighbors and friends should check in on seniors during extreme temperatures.
Here are some tips for seniors dealing with the heat.
• Drink plenty of water. Drink 2-4 cups of fluid per hour. If you are going out, take a water bottle with you.
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
• Eat smaller, lighter meals.
• Keep your home cool with air conditioning or a fan. If you don’t have air conditioning or a fan, go to a place that does such as your local senior center, mall, library, movie theater, or place of worship.
• Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing. When outside, wear a hat and sunscreen.
• Avoid exercise or exertion, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
• Be aware that some of your medications may cause greater sun sensitivity. Consult your doctor about your medications and the heat.

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