Summer can mean many fun things: longer days, family reunions, ice cream. But for older adults, it can also have its challenges. Seniors do not adjust as well as younger people to sudden changes in temperature, including transitions from summer heat to air condition. They are also likely to have a chronic medical condition or take medications that make it more difficult for their bodies to self-regulate temperature. In fact, a study from the University of Chicago Medical Center found that 40 percent of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. are among people over 65.
In order to ensure that summer fun does not lead to illness, hospitalization or worse, it is important to take extra precautions, including:
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