Seniors face extra dangers during Arizona summer - Wellness

Seniors face extra dangers during Arizona summer

Bob Roth | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:44 am

When it comes to weather, Minnesota is the opposite of Arizona. In the depths of winter, Minnesota residents hunker down in their homes and wait for the spring thaw to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, here in Arizona, we hunker down in the summer months when temperatures can get as high as 120 degrees and wait for the coolness of fall and winter. One thing both places have in common, though, is that extreme temperatures can take a toll on older adults.

Focusing on Arizona summers, 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 to sudden changes in temperature; they are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat; and they are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or inhibit perspiration.

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