Healthy in the Heat: A guide to coping with hot weather and heatwaves
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Coping and staying healthy in hot weather and heatwaves including heat related conditions, tips, emergency treatment and recovery
As we age, we can have a higher risk of heat-related illness, especially if we live alone, have medical conditions, or if we take certain medicines.
Physical changes happen as we get older, and we may be less likely to notice we are becoming overheated or dehydrated, and some medications can make this worse. Older people are also less able to cool their body by sweating.
Some medicines can make you more prone to sunburn and heat stress, so it is important to watch for signs of being affected by hot weather.
If you have a chronic medical condition and take regular medication, talk with your General Practitioner about how to take care of your health during hot weather.
Always speak with your doctor or pharmacist for more advice about the medicines you are taking.
If you are an older person or if you care for someone who is elderly, the following tips may help you: