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Health Tip: Heat and the Elderly
How to stay safe when temperatures rise

By Ann Kent

(HealthDay News) -- People 65 and older are more likely than younger people to have heat-related illness. Older people often have trouble regulating body temperature due to a chronic medical condition or use of certain prescription drugs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home doesn't have air conditioning, locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
  • Do not rely on a fan to cool you when it's really hot outside.
  • Drink more water than usual, and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink, ask the doctor how much you should drink during hot weather.
  • Don't use the stove or oven to cook. It will make your home hotter.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Do not perform very strenuous activities, and get plenty of rest.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor, and have someone do the same for you.

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