Seniors and Heat Stress: What to Know

It's only early June, but Texas temperatures are already starting to rise. This extreme summer heat can be particularly difficult for older adults to deal with due to a variety of reasons according to this article by the CDC.

Why are Seniors More Susceptible to Heat-Related Issues?

  • They are more likely to have chronic medical conditions and/or take medications that affect body temperature regulation.

  • Compared to younger people, they do not adjust well to the heat due to poor blood circulation and inefficient sweat glands.

How can Older Adults Prevent Heat Stress?

  • Spend as much time in cool, air-conditioned buildings as possible

  • Stay consistently hydrated throughout the day

  • Avoid using stoves and ovens to cook

  • Wear light, breathable clothing

  • Try and get plenty of sleep at night and nap during the day if needed

  • Avoid physically strenuous activity

Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses

Here is another informative article by the CDC which highlights the different heat-related illnesses, what signs to look out for, and how to respond accordingly.

Summer is a fun, vibrant time of year but it can also have dangerous consequences for vulnerable populations like older adults. If you have someone in your life who falls into this category, make sure and check in on them - especially on hot days.

Stay safe! ☀️

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