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The Ohio Department of Aging reminds all Ohioans to treat hot temperatures and high humidity levels as severe weather. As we age our bodies may become less able to adapt to extreme conditions. In addition, older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions that can upset normal body responses to heat, like sweating. With more health issues can also come more prescription medicines, which can also impair our bodies’ ability to regulate temperature.
As a result, older adults are at an increased risk for complications from extreme heat and heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of these conditions vary, but may include weakness, lightheadedness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, unusual skin temperature or color, and disorientation. The most common types of heat-related illness include:
If you believe that you or someone you know may be suffering from a heat-related illness, take action immediately. Get the individual to a cool environment and call 9-1-1 for medical assistance.
To help avoid a potentially life-threatening heat-related illness, take steps to reduce your risk:
Your area agency on aging may be able to direct you to local resources such as cooling centers and organizations distributing fans and other assistance. Call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community.
All Ohioans are encouraged to check on older loved ones during extreme weather (including very hot days) to ensure they have the resources they need to remain safe and healthy. Questions to ask include:
Hot temperatures and high humidity are severe weather. Treat hot days just as you would a stormy or snowy day. Have a plan to stay cool, recognize the signs of heat-related illness and check on older loved ones and neighbors.
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