Ways to stay cool and healthy—even when the weather is hot
When the temperature climbs above 90°F, the heat can cause dangerous health problems. Older adults need to be proactive and take the following precautions to avoid dehydration and other heat-induced situations:
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Exercise in the cool of the morning or the early evening to remain cool and avoid direct sun exposure. Plan indoor activities for the hotter part of the day.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cool water and other liquids that don’t contain alcohol or caffeine. (Alcohol and caffeine can actually cause dehydration.)
- Learn to spot heat-related health problems. Sudden weakness, dizziness or fainting are symptoms of a lifethreatening heat stroke or worse. Lie down in a cool place and call 911 if you experience any of these symptoms.
Source: HealthinAging.org Hot Weather Safety Tips for Older Adults
For additional sun related tips, see our article on protecting senior skin from the summer sun.