With summer in full swing it brings back memories of swimming in the river, running barefoot, and eating soft serve ice cream… but for seniors, and especially those over 65, the summer warmth brings with it the real danger of heat-related illnesses.
According to the CDC, around 618 people die each year in the United States due to extreme heat. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk. But most of these deaths are avoidable.
Why are seniors more at risk of heat-related illness?
- As we get older, our bodies do not adjust to changes in temperature as well as they did when we were younger.
- Chronic medical conditions become more prevalent as we age, and these can also affect our ability to control the temperature of our body.
- This is often amplified by prescription medications which can further reduce our ability to adapt to heat or sweat.
The infographic below provides helpful tips and advice so you and your loved ones can stay safe this summer.
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10 Tips For Seniors To Beat The Summer Heat
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- Stay Hydrated
- Plan Your Day
- Dress Appropriately
- Wear Protection
- Apply Sunscreen
- Exercise Smartly
- Carry a Summer Kit
- Stay Shaded
- Keep Cool Indoors
- Speak With Your Doctor