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Aging Today A guide to protecting seniors on hot days

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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:00 am

The mercury is rising, triple digits are a fact of life and snowbirds and tourists are nowhere in sight. Here in the Valley of the Sun, we desert dwellers hunker down and take refuge in our favorite venues enjoying the elbow room that didn’t exist a few months ago, especially during the week of the “Open” and the Super Bowl.  As we tough out another summer and are optimistic that cooler days will circle back, let’s take action to ensure the safety of our aging adult population.

Older adults (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons. Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. Lastly, they are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

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