Be prepared for the Summer Heat…
Older Adults and Extreme Heat
People aged 65 or older are more prone to heat-related health concerns. Older adults can’t adjust to sudden temperature changes as fast as younger people. This may happen because of certain medicines they take or chronic illnesses that affect their ability to regulate body temperature. When not treated properly, heat-related illnesses can lead to death. But you can take steps to stay cool during hot weather.
- Drink water regularly. Do NOT wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water.
- Avoid using your oven or stove to prepare meals.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.
- Take showers to cool down.
- Maintain the heating and air conditioning system in your home, so your home cools properly.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, consider staying with a friend or family member during a heatwave. It may be enough to take an “air conditioning break” at a local mall or library during the heat of the day.
- Don’t overwork yourself, and make sure you rest.
- Have others check up on you, and vice versa.
- Wear sunscreen and clothing to protect yourself from sunburns, which make it hard for your body to cool down.
- When outside in the heat, wear a hat, try to stay in the shade, and move slowly so you won’t become overheated.
Seek medical care immediately if you have symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, dizziness, headaches, nausea, weakness, or vomiting.
For more information about heat risks, and how to help a person with dementia avoid heat-related illness, go to the Centers for Disease Control website at: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency-preparedness/older-adults-extreme-heat/index.html
If you believe you, or anyone you are with, is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 911.
Town of Sudbury Cooling Center hours:
Senior Center Hours:
Monday- Friday- 9:00AM-4:00PM
Goodnow Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9:00-AM- 9:00PM
Sunday- 1:00PM- 5:00PM