During the hot summer months, older adults are especially at risk for heat-related health problems such as heatstroke and heat exhaustion. "Heat can be miserable for everyone, but can also be life-threatening to seniors," said AARP Arizona State Director David Mitchell.
AARP is offering these tips to help seniors understand the dangers of heat exposure and help prevent heat-related health problems.
1. Rest and put off chores or other strenuous activity during heat of the day.
2. Stay inside during the hottest part of the day.
3. Close shades to keep out sunshine to keep your house cooler.
4. Stay on the lower level of your home as heat rises.
5. Check with local agencies for cool places to go such as libraries, senior centers or a shopping mall.
6. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses or use an umbrella.
7. Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. This helps keep your body cool.
8. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
9. If you have a chronic medical condition, talk with your doctor about additional precautions you should take to prevent heat-related illness. Some conditions and medications may place you at higher risk.
10. Neighbors, friends or family should check in on older people in their homes to make sure they are not suffering from the heat.