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How the elderly can stay cool during the hot weather

July 18, 2013


Hospitals have reported a rise in A&E admissions as Britain's 30C heatwave continues. A&E admissions reported range from treating people for severe dehydration, heatstroke and breathing difficulties.

Therefore, the importance of staying cool in this hot weather cannot be stressed enough for older people, especially at night between successive hot days. It is essential that older people take sensible precautions during a heatwave, particularly if they have breathing problems or a heart condition.

It has been advised that the elderly should remain indoors during the worst of the heat, wear light clothing, drink plenty of fluids and eat normally, but to try and east colder foods such as, salads and fruits which are high in water.

Anyone who has an older member of the family or neighbour can help them by calling to check and find out if they are ok, and to ask if they need any help in taking precautions to stay cool and well during this hot weather.

Age UK’s free ‘ Staying Cool in a Heatwave’ guide provides advice on how to protect yourself from the heat. For a free copy call Age UK Advice free on 0800 169 6565 or click on here . You may also like to take a look at our Cooling products, such as our fans by clicking here .

1.    Always stay inside during the hottest time of the day – late morning to mid-afternoon. If you do go out use Factor 15 sunscreen or above, wear a hat and stay in the shade always if possible.  

2.    When at home and inside, always try to keep your house cool. Keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun. Shut windows when it’s cooler inside than outside.

3.    Avoid or limit strenuous activities like housework and gardening – try to do these activities when it’s cooler in the early morning or evening.