Older people don’t adapt to high temperatures as well and need to take steps to keep cool.
The risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, increases with age, experts at the U.S. National Institute on Aging warn.
As people get older, the researchers explained, they are less able to adapt to high temperatures, like those engulfing much of the nation now. As a result, the heat might exacerbate any medical conditions they have.
In addition, older folks may develop certain health problems that could increase their risk of hyperthermia (when the body overheats), the NIA researchers pointed out in a news release from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. These include:
* Underlying diseases such as congestive heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
* Trouble walking or moving around.
* Dementia or other problems with thinking skills.
* Overweight or obesity.
* Age-related changes to the skin, including reduced function in sweat glands.
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