As we age, our body’s ability to cool down becomes less efficient. So when temperatures start to climb, older adults run a higher risk of overheating. Decreased blood circulation, certain medications, under active sweat glands and changes in the skin can all play a role. So how can you help keep your older loved ones safe in hot temperatures?

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An important first step is learning about the signs and symptoms that their body temperature has reached the point of becoming a risk for their health. Heat stress and heat cramps are both forms of hyperthermia, a general name for the variety of heat-related illnesses. The symptoms to watch for include:

If you or an older loved one is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical help immediately. But if you’re proactive, there is no reason it should get to that point. Here are a few ways to help your older loved ones stay safe in the hot temperatures.

Taking these steps will help your older loved ones stay safe during the extreme hot temperatures we’re sure to experience at some point this summer. Most importantly, remember to check in on your loved ones often, especially if they live alone. Summertime brings countless fun activities, but it also brings the responsibility of keeping yourself and others safe as the mercury climbs.

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