CDC: Heat and older people


People who are 65-years-old and older must take special precautions in high temperatures.

Here are some tips for older people – and their caretakers:

Stay cool, stay hydrated
•    Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
•    Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling source when it’s really hot outside.
•    Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
o    If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or has you on water pills, ask them how much you should drink during hot weather.
•    Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
•    Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
•    Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
•    Do not engage in very strenuous activities and get plenty of rest.
•    Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
•    Follow additional tips on how to prevent heat-related illness.

For those who take care of older people, here’s a checklist:

Keep a close eye on those in your care by visiting them at least twice a day, and ask yourself these questions:
•    Are they drinking enough water?
•    Do they have access to air conditioning?
•    Do they know how to keep cool?
•    Do they show any signs of heat stress?

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