July 17, 2013 12:39 AM

Special precautions needed to protect elderly from extreme heat

Hot weather can be risky for anyone, but it is especially dangerous for older adults. Very hot weather affects older people more often than younger people. Reserves of liquid in the body are used up more quickly in older people. As people age, they lose a layer of fat, which makes it harder for the body to control its temperature. People might not even feel hot or may lose the ability to sweat.

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